Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Donny van de Beek will be an important player for Manchester United this season despite having a bit-part role so far.
United’s new £40million signing from Ajax has made just two starts, in the Carabao Cup against Luton Town and Brighton, while his appearances off the bench total 61 minutes in the Premier League and a two-minute cameo in the Champions League.
The Dutchman didn’t even come on in Saturday’s goalless draw with Chelsea, prompting former Holland striker Marco van Basten to suggest that he will live to regret moving to Old Trafford.
Donny van de Beek has endured a quiet star to his career at Manchester United after his move
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit back at critics over his decision to use Van de Beek sparingly
Speaking ahead of United’s second Champions League group game at home to RB Leipzig, Solskjaer promised that the 23-year-old will have a lot more game time throughout the season.
‘Donny is going to play a big, big part this year,’ said the United boss. ‘At the moment, I realise the topic is Donny van de Beek and it’s nice for some players or commentators to have a little go.
‘I know you’re short for time when you’re on telly and you have to put your points across very quickly, but you have to know that you don’t have to start the first three games to be a very important player in the squad.
Van de Beek was an unused substitute for United vs Chelsea on Saturday in Premier League
‘I’d be disappointed if some of my team-mates said I wasn’t important at Man United, but I didn’t start many games. So Donny’s going to be very important for us, don’t worry about that.
‘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.
‘I also think it says everything about our ambitions. We want to push on, we want to challenge for trophies this season.’
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Van De Beek will be desperate for minutes against RB Leipzig in the Champions League
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