Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: ‘Donny van de Beek will play a big part for Man United’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: ‘Donny van de Beek will play a big part for Man United’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists summer signing Donny Van De Beek has a “big, big part” to play for Manchester United this season despite the midfielder’s limited role to date.
Expectations were high after United pulled off somewhat of a coup in signing the talented 23-year-old from Ajax for an initial fee of 39 million euros (£34.1m).

But Van De Beek has started more matches for Holland than United since making the switch, having been restricted to five appearances off the bench and just two starting roles in the Carabao Cup.

Dutch great Marco Van Basten is among those to have questioned Van De Beek’s decision to move to the north west following his inauspicious start, but Solskjaer says his time will come soon enough.

“When players come into a new league, a new team, it’s always going to be a time of (transition),” said the United boss, who spent his fair share of time on the bench during his playing days.

“When Donny has played, he’s played really well. I think it says a lot about our depth of quality in the squad that we don’t have to use him every single game because we have other players as well.