Donny van de Beek tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his best position for Man Utd

van de Beek has been an unused substitute in all three of Manchester United’s Premier League matches this season but has revealed where he would best fit into Solskjaer’s team

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Donny van de Beek has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his best position for Manchester United.

Having been an unused substitute in all three of the Red Devils’ Premier League matches this season, fears that the 24-year-old could once again endure another miserable campaign at Old Trafford are growing.

Solskjaer gave van de Beek just four top-flight starts last term, struggling to show why United paid Ajax £35million for him in the summer of 2020 in each of them.

However, with a new season only just starting, the Dutchman has told his manager where he could into into his long-term plans, potentially fixing a problem at the club.

van de Beek has told Solskjaer his best position at Man Utd


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Asked if he could playing a holding midfield role, often referred to as a number six, on Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel, FIVE, van de Beek responded: “Yeah, I think I could do.

“I don’t know what the manager thinks and what he expects from me but I played that role before with Ajax.”

The Netherlands international added: “Of course at the end I was a 10 but I also played a few games as a number six, so I think I can play this.”

When quizzed on his favourite position personally, he answered: “That’s really difficult to say because it depends how you play as a team.

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“The way we play, for me, I think number six or number eight,” van de Beek stated before joking: “I don’t care where, I just want to play so it doesn’t matter where.”

The playmaker’s agent, Guido Albers, recently revealed that Solskjaer blocked a loan move to Everton on transfer deadline day.

He told Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport : “Cristiano arrived on Friday which we knew was bad news for us.

“Pogba plays on the left, and with Cristiano’s arrival it means another extra player in midfield with Pogba moving away from the left.”

The agent continued, revealing: “We had conversations with Solskjaer and the board. We took the initiative to find a club and our search ended up at Everton. We opened talks with Marcel Brands and Farhad Moshiri.

“On Monday night [prior to deadline day], we received a call from Solskjaer and the club who told us that a transfer was out of the question and that he had to report himself to training the next morning.”

van de Beek was able respond to the speculation, telling Ferdinand and his co-hosts: “I speak with the manager about it and the club.

“They were clear they wanted me to stay here. The manager was really positive about me and he said; ‘I need you and I want to keep you here’.”

He added: “Of course, what I see here now in the beginning of the season is difficult, because I didn’t play one minute, but he [Solskjær] said ‘What I see every day in training, I see a different Donny now’.

“He was really positive about me and I’m feeling well. I’m in good shape so I hope that I can show the people that I improved a lot.”

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