The Manchester United manager has been heavily criticised for not playing the new summer signing from Ajax.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted while responding to the Donny van de Beek criticism that he will have a big part to play for Manchester United this season despite still waiting for his full Premier League debut.
The 22-years-old Dutchman’s move to United has been criticized. The former Ajax and Netherlands striker Marco van Basten was one of many vocal critics who questioned why Van de Beek made the move to United in the summer as he still waits for his first start in the league.
United boss disagreed on Van de Beek criticism
But Solskjaer has disagreed on Van de Beek criticism with his critics and, with Manchester United facing a rush-packed fixture schedule up until Christmas in the League and European competitions, the Red Devils boss claims Van de Beek will get minutes and the midfielder is just being given time to settle into life in Manchester.
“When players come into a new league and team it’s always going to be a time to adapt,” said Solskjaer ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League tie with RB Leipzig on Van de Beek criticism.
“When he’s played, he’s played really well, I think it says a lot about our depth of quality in the squad that we don’t have to use him every single game, we also have other players, it says everything about our ambitions that we want to push on and challenge for trophies this season.”
“Donny will play a big, big part this season,” Ole predicted
“Donny will play a big, big part this season, I realise the topic is Donny van de Beek at the moment.”
“It’s nice for some players and commentators to have a little go, I know you’re short for time on television and you have to put your points across very quickly.”
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“You don’t have to start the first three games to be a very important member of the squad. I would be disappointed if some of my team-mates had said I wasn’t important at Man United because I didn’t start very many games. Donny is going to be very, very important about for us, don’t worry about that.”
Scott Mc Tominay responds Van de Beek criticism
While Scott McTominay defended his teammate, responding to Van de Beek criticism, said nobody should be panicking about Van de Beek’s lack of game time and claimed the former Ajax man has already had a positive impact on his team-mates.
“The way he has come in, he’s lifted everyone else,” McTominay said. “Big, big signings like that can really lift the dressing room and I feel like we’ve seen that already with the way that Alex [Telles] played in Paris and Donny coming off the bench and showing what ability he has whenever he has been on the pitch.”
“I feel like there’s no time to panic with Donny. People can be so quick to come to an assumption that he’s not playing, give him time, let him adapt and let him settle in and let him concentrate on the season.”