Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down claims Donny van de Beek is failing at Manchester United just because he isn’t playing every week.
The Red Devils boss made the comments after the Dutchman was advised to ‘pack his bags straightaway’ by the press in Holland if he is left out of the United team to face Man City.
Van de Beek joined Manchester United from Ajax for £35million in the summer transfer window and had to wait until November 29 to start his first Premier League game.
Since then Van de Beek has started just one other league match, but has come off the bench eight times for United.
The Dutchman’s last minutes in a United shirt were on December 23 in the Red Devils’ 2-0 win over Everton in the Carabao Cup.
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But he played no football over the Christmas and New Years period, prompting an angry reaction from back in Holland.
Solskjaer has since addressed the suggestion Van de Beek is failing at United.
“Donny has played well when he’s had the chance,” said Solskjaer. “I think we are too quick sometimes to jump on, ‘Oh he’s not playing, it’s a failure’.
“But with Victor and Fred as examples, it takes a little bit of time and now they are massively important players in our squad, in our team, which will be the same with Donny.
“He has come in and he is in a midfield group there with quality, challenging with Bruno [Fernandes], Juan [Mata] and Jesse [Lingard]. I have loads of No 10s, loads of central midfielders with Paul [Pogba], Nemanja [Vidic], Scott [McTominay] and Fred, and Donny has done well when he has come in.
“He is always ready, he always works hard in training, he’s positive and he will make differences in many games for us this season. He will grow more and more for next year.”
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