Ole Gunnar Solskjær is prepared to give Donny van de Beek a chance to impress
in a deeper midfield role as the Dutchman tries to kick-start his Manchester United
Van de Beek’s debut season at Old Trafford was a disappointment as he made just
four Premier League starts and spent the vast majority of time warming the bench.
The £35million signing from Ajax has also yet to feature for United this season but
will be hoping for a chance when they host Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.
In a recent interview with Rio Ferdinand’s Vibe With Five show, Van de Beek insisted
he could perform well in the No 6 role as one of two deep-lying midfielders in
Solskjaer’s 4-2-3-1 system.
‘I like to play as an eight or six, it’s fine. They [United] know me because at Ajax I was
playing No 10 a lot but I can also play as a No 8 or six,’ he said.
‘I just want to play, it doesn’t matter where.’
Now, Solskjaer has hinted the 24-year-old may get his chance in that position given
Bruno Fernandes is unlikely to be usurped from the No 10 role anytime soon and
Paul Pogba also has to be accommodated.
‘Donny has very good qualities. He’s had a disappointing season last year,
a disappointing end when he got his injury and stopped him playing for Holland at
the Euros,’ United’s manager told Beyond the Pitch.
‘He has worked really hard. He’s waiting to be unleashed and to show what he can do.
‘He can play as a six in a [midfield] two, he can play as an eight, as an attacking
midfielder, as a 10, we have used him on the wide left coming inside.
‘He is a footballer with many qualities that we like at the club but, yes, he can play as
one of the two in midfield.’
Van de Beek may get his first minutes of the season against Newcastle as Cristiano
Ronaldo prepares for his second coming at United.
Scott McTominay underwent groin surgery over the international break but Fred is
available after an allowance for South American stars to play in the Premier League
Solskjaer blocked Van de Beek’s proposed move to Everton prior to the transfer
deadline and his agent Guido Albers has demanded he be involved more.