Despite a poor start to his Red Devils career, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Donny van de Beek to make the grade at Old Trafford.
The Dutch international, who joined Ajax United over the summer, has largely struggled to make his impact this season, contributing just one goal and one assist in all competitions in 19 appearances.
Since December 20th, the 23-year-old has not played in the Premier League, having been an unused replacement against Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Aston Villa.
Solskjaer, however, has insisted that as he settles at the club, the Dutchman will “grow more and more”
“Donny has played well when he’s had the chance. I think we are too quick sometimes to jump on, ‘Oh he’s not playing, it’s a failure’. But with Victor [Lindelof] 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 came in and he’s in a quality midfield group with Bruno (Fernandes), Juan (Mata), and Jesse challenging with quality (Lingard). With Paul (Pogba), Nemanja (Vidic), Scott (McTominay), and Fred, I have loads of No 10s, loads of central midfielders, and Donny did well when he came in.
He is always ready, he always works hard in training, he’s positive and he will make difference many games for us this season. He will grow more and more for next year.”
In 175 games for Ajax before transferring to United, Van de Beek scored 41 goals and recorded 34 assists.