Man Utd boss Solskjaer following Jurgen Klopp lead with Donny van de Beek tactic

Donny van de Beek’s name simply won’t go away when it comes to talking points at Manchester United. The summer addition from Ajax is yet to start a Premier League game, posing doubts as to whether he was a signing backed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Things appeared to start brightly for the Dutchman, who came off the bench to score on his debut against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

Van de Beek appears to be at the bottom of the pecking order when it comes to United’s midfield options.

Even Paul Pogba has found himself on the bench in recent weeks, with Fred and Scott McTominay impressing in the engine room.

Amid the panic, Solskjaer remains calm about the situation and insists Van de Beek will get his chance to shine.

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“When players come into a new team, a new league it’s always going to be a time that he adapts,” he said ahead of the clash with RB Leipzig.

“When Donny has played, he’s played really well. It says a lot about our depth of quality in the squad that we don’t have to use him every game. It also says everything about our ambitions.

“Donny is going to play a big big part this year. I know at the moment the topic is Donny van de Beek.

“It’s nice for some players and commentators to have a little go, but you have to know that you don’t have to start the first three games to be a very important player in the squad. He’s going to be important, don’t worry about that.”


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The verdict was reminiscent of a certain Jurgen Klopp and his handling of Liverpool’s defensive midfield lynchpin Fabinho.

Now the Brazilian is one of the first names on the team sheet, but life at Anfield did not get off to the best of starts.

Like Van de Beek, Fabinho was continuously overlooked after missing a penalty in pre-season against Torino.

That was not the reason but Klopp was adamant he needed time to adapt to Liverpool’s style of play, much like Andy Robertson following his arrival from Hull.

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Fabinho was even left out of the squad on multiple occasions and did not make his first Premier League start until October 27 2018, in the 4-1 win over Cardiff.

It was backed up with an alarming display away at Arsenal a week later, which saw many criticise the former Monaco man.

Two years on, he is a Premier League, Champions League, Super Cup and World Club Cup winner.

It just goes to show, Solskjaer is well within his rights to hold back Van de Beek, to allow him to settle.

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