Solskjaer gives verdict on Sancho and Van de Beek cameo

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised the contribution from Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek against Atalanta.

The pair came on in the 86th minute and had eight touches combined, and yet, it was enough to drive United on for an equaliser.

Solskjaer acknowledged the impact of the pair in his post-game comments.

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Ole on Sancho

Solskjaer told the club website: “Jadon was sharp. We wanted a little bit more width on the side, because we put Edinson on.

“Bruno played well and you want him out there, but I felt we needed a little bit more width to get the crosses in for Edinson or Cristiano.”

Ole on Van de Beek

“Donny provided the run for the last goal and he keeps working.

“He’s got qualities in there to unlock close defences and he almost scored as well. I thought all of those who came on did well.”

Encouragement for duo

This game was Jadon Sancho’s first appearance since the previous win over Atalanta a fortnight ago.

Van de Beek had not played at all since the Carabao Cup loss to West Ham.

Solskjaer’s lack of use for Van de Beek has been particularly egregious as it feels like the Dutchman has not had a fair crack.

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With results inconsistent, Solskjaer could do a lot worse than giving him a run in the side especially with Paul Pogba suspended.

Solskjaer made a step forward by bringing on Van de Beek in this key scenario and trusting him. He needs to do it more.

Both players will now feel as though they are in with a shout of facing City this coming weekend.

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