Van de Beek made his second start for Solskjaer’s side as United swatted aside the Seagulls to book a place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
Scott McTominay, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba scored in a 3-0 win for the Red Devils.
And summer signing Van de Beek more than played his part, setting up Mata’s goal to help United get a firm grip on the tie.
The former Ajax man had started the game in the centre of midfield, but frequently drifted out to the left under instruction from Solskjaer.
And when starting left winger Dan James was withdrawn with 20 minutes remaining, Van de Beek was moved out to the flank with substitute Pogba assuming the central attacking midfield berth.
Fans have been scratching their heads this season as to how £40m man Van de Beek will be accommodated alongside both Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
And Solskjaer’s tactic may just have provided the answer, as the manager hinted that Van de Beek could be deployed on the left of United’s attack again in future.
“He’s got very high footballing intelligence and tactically he’s gone through the Ajax system,” Solskjaer said of Van de Beek in quotes reported by the Manchester Evening News.
“Dutch football is tactical – he knows football, he’s got his head screwed on.
“He’s a different type of left-sided player compared to Dan James and Marcus Rashford, but coming inside and finding good pockets, why not?”
Solskjaer said Van de Beek’s versatility made him a manager’s dream, recalling his own playing career when he was often used as a substitute but scored crucial goal and was a huge hit with the fans.
“He can play loads of different positions, which sometimes is a strength for a player,” said Solskjaer.
“I remember myself sometimes, right-wing, left-wing centre forward, No. 10 – Donny is one the coach will always look to have in a squad.”
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Van de Beek’s two United starts so far have both come in the Carabao Cup, and Solskjaer has urged the Dutch international to be patient as he waits for a first Premier League start.
“We know how many games we’re going to play and he’s going to be vital,” Solskjaer said.
“He’s proved in every game he’s been a part of that he’s got high quality. He’s such a clever mover, he plays the game simply but effectively, with high quality. He’s knocking on the door.”
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