Solskjaer insists Van de Beek is important to Manchester United

The Holland international, who arrived in summer from Ajax in a 35£m deal has struggled to clock minutes for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. The midfielder has managed to start just two Premier League games, and has mostly been used as as substitute.

A recent report in De Telegraaf (via Sport Witness) has urged Van de Beek to leave Old Trafford if he doesn’t feature for United against Manchester City in the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of their game against Manchester City, Soslkjaer addressed Van de Beek’s situation and insisted the midfielder is an important asset to his side. The Norwegian added “Donny has played well when he has had the chance. I think we are too quick sometimes to jump on, ‘oh he’s not playing, it’s a failure’, but you know we can see now.

For example, with Victor and Fred, as examples, that it takes a little bit of time and now they are massively important players in our squad, in our team, which will be the same with Donny.”

However, the United manager refused to guarantee a start for the midfielder against City, and said “He has come in, he is in a midfield group there with quality. He’s challenging with Bruno, Juan, Jesse.”

I have loads of tens, loads of central midfielders with Paul, Nemanja, Scott and Fred. Donny has done well when he has come in. He is always ready, he always works hard in training, positive and he will make differences in many games for us this season. But he will grow more and more for next year.”

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