January 17, 2021

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Donny van de Beek has a future at Manchester United, insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Donny van de Beek has been starved of opportunities (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Donny van de Beek needs to be given more time to settle in at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman has been starved of first-team action since his £40million arrival from Ajax last summer and he’s made just two league starts for the Red Devils.

The Netherlands international faces competition from the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay for a place in United’s midfield and his lack of opportunities has already seen Van de Beek linked with a January exit from Old Trafford.

However, Solskjaer insists the Dutchman is simply being given time to settle at the Theatre of Dreams and will be given more chances over time.

Van De Beek has started just two league games this term . (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

‘Donny has played well when he has had the chance,’ said Solskjaer.

‘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.

‘With Victor and Fred, as examples, 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.

‘He has come in, he is in a midfield group there with quality, challenging with Bruno [Fernandes], Juan [Mata], Jesse. I have loads of tens, loads of central midfielders with Paul [Pogba], Nemanja [Matic], Scott [McTominay] and Fred and 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.’

Solskjaer was speaking ahead of United’s Carabao Cup semi-final clash against rivals Manchester City.

Van de Beek could be given a rare chance to start given he’s started the last three matches in the competition.

Spurs booked their place in the April final thanks to a 2-0 win against Brentford on Tuesday and Solskjaer’s looking to end a run of three semi-final defeats as United boss with a victory against Pep Guardiola’s men.

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