Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms Donny van de Beek will play against Watford in the FA Cup third round on Saturday; Solskjaer: “That’s another chance for him and, yes, I’ve spoken to him and reiterated and made him aware of how much we rate him”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has moved to reassure summer signing Donny van de Beek about how highly he is rated at Manchester United despite his lack of opportunities to date.
United swooped to sign the highly-rated 23-year-old from Ajax for an initial fee of £34.6m, but the Netherlands international has struggled to cement a first-team place since arriving at Old Trafford.
While Van de Beek has made 20 appearances in all competitions, the majority have come from the bench and the midfielder has so far only made two Premier League starts.
The summer arrival will make his ninth start in all competitions against Watford in the FA Cup third round on Saturday amid fresh background talk about his happiness at United.
“I’ve answered this question so many times,” Solskjaer said
“There’s so many examples of players needing a little bit of time, quality players. We have many examples ourselves and there are other clubs with examples. Sometimes it takes time.
“You don’t expect people who care for him to be quiet at times, especially when they want the best for them.
“Donny is going to play tomorrow. That’s another chance for him and, yes, I’ve spoken to him and reiterated and made him aware of how much we rate him.
“But he’ll play tomorrow and that’s a good chance again to kick on.”
There is growing talk about the future of players on the periphery and Brandon Williams has been linked with a temporary move away, having been restricted to just five appearances following an impressive breakthrough season.
“With the signing of Alex Telles and the form of Luke Shaw, he’s not really had a look in at left-back this season,” Solskjaer said of the 20-year-old academy graduate.
“I think he played in all three semis – Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup – and he had a great first season.