Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drops Donny van de Beek hint


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Donny van de Beek is likely to make his Premier League debut for Manchester United this weekend.

The Netherlands international is United’s only summer signing so far, arriving from Ajax for £40million at the start of the month.

The midfielder has only been training with his new teammates for a matter of weeks, but has impressed enough to be in contention for Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Van de Beek started United’s final pre-season friendly with Aston Villa last weekend and Solskjaer has now confirmed he is in line for his competitive bow at Old Trafford.

Donny van de Beek has impressed in training and could be in line for his Premier League debut vs Crystal Palace

“He’s settled in really well, he’s a smashing boy,” Solskjaer said. “Great personality coming in with loads of energy and a big smile every day and he played well against Aston Villa so you’re likely to see him, but of course, I’m not going to name the team here today, I’ll have to do that to the boys after training.”

Solskjaer is keen to add further quality to his squad, but is delighted with the acquisition of the 23-year-old, believing he will contribute vital goals from midfield.

The United boss went on to detail his first impressions of his newest recruit, when he came up against him as Molde manager in 2015.

Van de Beek during his time with Ajax

“That was his first goal was for Ajax against Molde,” Solskjaer explained.

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“We hadn’t really prepared for him too much because he was one of the young ones. He caught my eye. I saw a brave boy, but also someone who was clever with his movement. That has been his career with Ajax, he has developed and developed.

“I think we needed to add goals from midfield and he is one of those who will give us runs in from behind, and he adds to the squad really nicely.”





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