Donny van de Beek insists his ‘time is definitely coming’ and says he is enjoying being at Manchester United despite his bit part role since his summer signing from Ajax.
The Netherlands international moved to Manchester United in a £35m deal during the summer but has been afforded only limited opportunities so far, failing to start a single Premier League fixture despite the club’s indifferent form.
Van de Beek admits that while he would have ‘liked to play more’ over the opening weeks of the campaign, he is happy with life at the club and believes he has shown he can ‘add something’ to the team in his cameo appearances to date.
“It sounds [like a] cliche for me to say this, because of course I would have liked to play more, but I really enjoy being in a nice team. I am simply received very well and helped by everyone,” Van de Beek told NOS.
“I’m a patient person, but of course you go there to play as much as possible. I also think – in the minutes that I have made, in the times that I have come in – I have shown that I can add something to the team.”
Donny van de Beek has scored in back-to-back games for Netherlands for the first time.
⚽️ vs. Italy
⚽️ vs. Spain
Turning up against the big nations. 😉 pic.twitter.com/4fmDO4PxrO
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Van de Beek’s continued absence has frustrated supporters who are keen to see the midfielder handed his chance at Old Trafford, the 23-year-old providing a reminder of his qualities with a goal in the Netherlands 1-1 draw with Spain last night.
The summer signing has, however, revealed the conversations he has held with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and believes he will be afforded chances to impress in the coming weeks.
“What does he say to me? That I have to be patient, but also that I just have to continue with what I am doing,” Van de Beek added.
“And that he’s seen that I have a good impact when I come into the field. My time is definitely coming. And when those opportunities come, I have to be there.”