Donny van de Beek’s lack of gametime is one of the big talking points at Manchester United right now.

The Dutchman has found starts hard to come by at Old Trafford, but got one for the Netherlands in a friendly against Spain last night.

Van de Beek played the full 90 minutes in that 1-1 draw, netting a smart second half equaliser.

After the match, he was asked about his United situation and shared what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told him he wants him to do.

As per VI, the midfielder said: “Of course I would have liked to play more, but I really enjoy being in a nice team. I’ve been welcomed very well and helped by everyone.

“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.


When asked what Solskjaer has said to him, van de Beek responded: “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. 

“And that he’s seen that I have a good impact when I come onto the field. I have been patient and my time is definitely coming. And when those opportunities come, I have to be there.”


Given he’s not played as much as he’d have expected at United, it was great to see van de Beek get a full game and find the back of the net last night.

Solskjaer’s seen what most fans have noticed – van de Beek’s touch, brightness and passing makes a positive impact on United whenever he’s on the pitch.

The question he must answer is how to get the Dutchman into the side while Bruno Fernandes rightly remains immovable as the side’s creator in chief in the number ten role.

Hopefully, van de Beek is right and his chance to shine is coming. All the signs so far are that he’ll take it.

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