Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that the ‘very important’ Donny van de Beek is going to play a key role in the Red Devils’ season.
Donny van de Beek is the talk of the town. After two excellent starts in the Carabao Cup, our new Dutch midfielder has been used sparingly in the Premier League, while not yet playing a minute of European action.
Understandably, that has led to pundits and fans alike questioning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s method to not utilising Van de Beek.
Well, during his pre-match conference ahead of the RB Leipzig game, the Baby Faced Assassin has calmed those fears. Solskjaer stated that the 23-year-old is going to be key for United this season, highlighting Van de Beek’s importance and explaining he’s going to play a ‘big, big part’.
Check out what Solskjaer had to say:
“Donny is going to play a big, big part this year.” Solskjaer told reporters, including Sky Sports.
“At the moment I realise the topic is Donny, it’s nice for some players or commentators to have a little go. I know you’re short for time on tele and have to put your point across quickly, but you don’t have to start the first three games to be an important member of the squad.
Donny is going to be very important for us, don’t worry about that.”
I think the proof is in the pudding and despite what Solskjaer says, I still find it odd we haven’t seen more of Van de Beek. He came on and made the difference against Newcastle United, while when he’s on the field, this United team seems to play better.
That said, I also understand the importance of easing someone in. Van de Beek is in a completely new country, playing in a different system and living what’s likely to be a different lifestyle. The last thing you’d want to do as his manager is throw him into the fire when he’s not completely ready.
Hopefully, Van de Beek takes his opportunity with both hands when it comes his way. Who knows, he may get that chance to impress tomorrow under the Old Trafford floodlights in an important Champions League game…