Premier League table toppers Manchester United host reigning champions Liverpool in FA Cup fourth round tie at Old Trafford on Sunday. Donny van de Beek has started just 2 Premier League games for Manchester United this season following his 40£m from Ajax in summer.
The Dutch international has found very few opportunities since arriving from Ajax, as Solskjaer has preferred Fred, Pogba and McTominay in the midfield, with Bruno playing in a more advanced position. Van de Beek, who played the full 90 minutes against Watford in United’s third round win is set to play against Liverpool on Sunday.
A report in De Telegraaf (via Sport Witness) had urged Van de Beek to leave Old Trafford following his omission from EFL Cup semi-final defeat against Manchester City. Speaking ahead of United’s game against Liverpool, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Van de Beek will feature against the reigning Premier League champions.
The Norwegian added “I wouldn’t say that Donny is happy, of course he wants to play more, but he is driven and goes about his job in the right manner.”
“He reminds me of when I first came to United. He understands when you’ve got players doing really well in his position, it’s not like we can give him games for the sake of it.“
“When Sir Alex left me out, I understood and was happy for the team to win. Donny is that type of guy. He knows he is important for us and is going to play many games.”
“He will definitely be involved against Liverpool and might be the deciding factor. He is a quietly confident guy who deep down knows he is good enough and is just waiting for his opportunity.”