Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drops truth bomb on $47M Manchester United midfield bust
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly still has plans for out-of-favor Dutch midfielder, Donny van de Beek.
The Dutchman was an integral part of Ajax’s success during their semi-final Champions League run back in the 2019-20 season, which unfortunately ended in dramatic fashion as Tottenham Hotspur’s Lucas Moura blasted a 96th-minute winner to send Ajax back home.
The Red Devils spent around $47 Million in the summer transfer window of 2020 to acquire the midfielder from Ajax after showing flashes of brilliance in his stay at the historic club from years 2017 to 2019.
Former United midfielder Paul Ince chimed in on the van de Beek saga on the Kelly & Wrighty show — claiming that the Dutchman should be given more opportunities to play more.
Via Michael Gowler of the Daily Star:
“If I’m going to buy a player, a top player from Ajax, the first thing I’m going to say is, ‘Am I going to play? Where do you see me fitting in, within the system, within the team?’” Ince told the Kelly & Wrighty show.
“He’s got £35million sitting on the bench.”
It is quite difficult to see where the midfielder fits into Solskjaer’s system due to the number of options he has with a roster of overflowing talent.
He’ll have to somehow fit van de Beek into a Manchester United midfield that includes the new transfer of English wunderkind, Jadon Sancho, and the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, and Scott Mctominay among others.
It’ll be interesting to see if Solskjaer backs up his views on Donny van de Beek, as he’s only started 4 times in the Premier League ever since joining Manchester United. He’ll hope to get an opportunity soon as the Red Devils return to action this Saturday against Leicester City.