Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed summer signing Donny van de Beek as a ‘smashing boy’ and insists Manchester United are heading into the new season full of ‘confidence’ ahead of the club’s opening fixture against Crystal Palace this weekend.
United have been relatively quiet in the summer transfer window to date despite plenty of activity elsewhere, their capture of Netherlands international van de Beek from Ajax the club’s only piece of business.
The midfielder arrives with a promising reputation following some starring displays in Dutch and European football, however, and Solskjaer admits he has been impressed by the 23-year-old’s initial impact, praising the Dutchman’s character and revealing Van de Beek is likely to feature against Palace tomorrow.
“He’s a smashing boy, great personality, coming in with loads of energy and a big smile every day,” said Solskjaer at his pre-match press conference.
“He played well against Aston Villa [friendly last Saturday] so you’re likely to see him but, of course, I’m not going to name the team here today. I’ll have to do that to the boys after training.”
After recovering from a poor start to the season to qualify for the Champions League via a third place finish Solskjaer reckons his young side can continue to improve, although he admits they need to find more consistency in their game.
“I think we can go into the new season with confidence with the way we finished last season. That showed what we’re capable of,” the Norweigan coach continued.
“We developed throughout the season and need to keep on and show potential. We need more consistency but, with a year more experience, we should be getting that consistency. It’s a group I don’t really want to say what they cannot do. They can go as far as they want themselves.”