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Solskjaer defends his handling of Donny van de Beek

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended his handling of summer signing Donny van de Beek, despite the Dutchman having been handed limited game time since his arrival at Old Trafford.

The 23-year-old was Manchester United‘s most expensive acquisition in a summer that also saw Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri join the club, yet the £40m man has yet to make a major impact at his new club.

The versatile midfielder was a regular starter at former club Ajax and impressed many with his superb displays in the Champions League over the last few seasons.

After a potential move to Real Madrid broke down following the financial impact of Covid-19, the Dutch international ended up at United, where he has started just two league games so far this term.

With the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Fred favoured in midfield, as well as having Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic vying for minutes, Van de Beek has found minutes hard to come. His most recent involvement came as an 88th minute substitute as United were beaten in the Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City.

That latest brief cameo has once again led many to question his future with the Red Devils, yet Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that his new signing simply needs more time to settle, while the 47-year-old also revealed that the midfielder is set to feature against Watford in the FA Cup on Saturday evening.

“I’ve answered this question so many times,” Solskjaer insisted at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“There are so many examples of players needing a little bit of time – quality players. We have many players 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. There’s another chance for him. Yes, I’ve spoken to him and reiterated and made him aware how much we rate him. But he’ll play tomorrow, and that’s a good chance to kick on.”

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