Solskjaer comments on van de Beek after interview with Ferdinand

Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek was in the headlines during the international break.

The Dutchman gave an interview to United legend Rio Ferdinand about his tough start to life at Old Trafford so far.

One of the things he spoke about is his ability to play as a deeper lying midfielder, in one of the two holding roles in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.

The United boss was asked about van de Beek’s comments in an interview with Beyond the Pitch on YouTube, and said the midfielder is just waiting to be ‘unleashed’.

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“Donny’s got very good qualities. He’s had a disappointing season last year, disappointing end when he got his injury and couldn’t play at the Euros,” said Solskjaer.

“He’s worked really hard and he’s waiting to be unleashed. He’s waiting to play again and show what he can do.

“He can play as one of two number sixes, as an eight, an attacking midfielder, as a ten – we’ve used him wide left too. He’s a footballer with many qualities we like at the club.

“He can play as one of the two in midfield.”

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Van de Beek deserves his chance in the matches ahead and his versatility should help with that.

There is such great competition for places in the United side now though, and that has only increased with Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival.

Solskjaer has continued to back van de Beek in public. The midfielder has done the work in training.

Now let’s get a chance to see him on a consistent basis in a red shirt.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.