Donny van de Beek is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s only new senior recruit of the transfer window so far.
It has been yet another frustrating summer for Manchester United, but Solskjaer is confident the deal for the Dutchman represents outstanding business.
He has praised the midfielder effusively speaking to the club’s official website, feeling he has landed a player who will be an asset to the club for years to come.
“We’ve signed Donny and he’s a type of player I felt we needed in the squad,” said Solskjaer.
“He’s the type of person that will fit the culture, fit the team and will improve us next season and for years to come.
“Donny is a versatile player; a very intelligent, clever player. He’s got loads of energy, enthusiasm, [he’s] developing all the time.
“He scores goals and we need to add goals from midfield. We need goals throughout the squad because we didn’t score enough to be challenging at the top.“
Too many of the players signed by previous United managers have been burdens for the men who succeeded them.
Van de Beek shouldn’t fall into that category. He should be able to help Solskjaer now, and his age and potential mean he should still do the buiness for United managers to come.
Players who come through at Ajax are generally technically gifted, with an understanding of the modern game and an incredible footballing education.
Van de Beek looks to be no different. The other big plus is the huge amount he’s experienced – and the trophies he’s already won – at such a young age.
There will be intrigue over where van de Beek fits into United’s midfield alongside Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
That’s a better headache for Solskjaer to have than the one he had at the end of last season; how to coax his exhausted first choice through a grueling schedule.
It is interesting that he touches on the need to spread goals throughout the team.
With Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes and van de Beek, United should offer firepower from a variety of positions.
That’s something Liverpool certainly don’t have in terms of midfield contributors and Solskjaer is right to hope that van de Beek is still around the club, contributing for many years to come.
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