Solskjaer not concerned about Donny van de Beek's lack of playing time

Pete Lynch October 27, 2020
Solskjaer not concerned about Donny van de Beek's lack of playing time
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Donny van de Beek will play an important role for the club this season in their challenge for trophies.

As reported by the club’s official website, the United boss has urged people to allow the summer signing more time to settle at the club.

The midfielder was United’s first arrival in the recent transfer window, arriving from Dutch outfit Ajax for a reported fee of £35 million.

But his game time since joining has been limited, with the 23-year-old playing just one full match this season, a fourth-round League Cup victory at Brighton last month.

Despite the lack of minutes, Solskjaer says the midfielder will be a key player for the club in the coming months.

“Well, you know, when players come into a new league to a new team, there is always going to be a time of that [adaptation],” said the Man United boss. “Donny, when he’s played, has played really well.

“It says a lot about our depth of quality in the squad that we don’t have to use him in every single game because we have other players as well. 

“Also, I think it says everything about our ambitions as we want to push to challenge for trophies this season. Donny is going to play a big, big part this year.”

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Immediate impact overlooked

The Netherlands international made an instant impact upon signing for the club, scoring just 14 minutes into his debut despite being named on the bench in the league opener with Crystal Palace.

Since then, the young midfielder has featured just six times for the Red Devils.

One of those appearances was a two-minute cameo in the Champions League group stage win at PSG, with van de Beek then spending the entire 90 minutes of Saturday’s goalless draw with Chelsea on the bench.

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