Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives verdict on Man Utd midfield with Donny van de Beek

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not worried about his midfield options.

The Red Devils take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon and Donny van de Beek could be handed his debut in a team that includes Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

The addition of the Netherlands international has been welcomed by supporters, but there have been some questions over how he will be squeezed into the team with the aforementioned duo.

The Norwegian boss has now been asked about his immediate plans, and he isn’t feeling overly troubled.

When asked about his ideal combination by Football Daily, Solskjaer said: “Well we will find it.”

Before adding: "Both Paul and Donny have the exceptional skill of timing runs and getting into the box and of course we don't want to stop Paul doing that because that is one of his strengths.”

Their new £35m signing is fit and ready to go ahead of their opening match, and he has stated that he can play anywhere across the midfield.

“I play everywhere on the midfield, last season also I changed a lot – sometimes No.6, No.8, No.10," he told Astro SuperSport.

“It doesn’t matter so much. But I think one of my strengths is to come in the box and score goals, make assists. If you have this freedom then you can play everywhere I think.

“The balance also always has to be good in the team, so you cannot have every midfielder go [forward] – you have to play smart.”

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When asked if Solskjaer had spoken to him about his strengths, he added: “Yes, we have talked about this.

“He said ‘One of your strengths is to go in the box and to make your runs – I want to see this from you because it’s one of your qualities’.

“He said also ‘You can talk with your team-mates, somebody has to stay and the others can go’. So the balance has to be good.”

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