Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has talked about his lack of playing time at the club while on international duty with Holland. Van de Beek made the switch to Old Trafford from Ajax this summer but has failed to nail down a place in the first-team.
The 23-year-old admits he would have wanted to play more but is also willing to be patient for his opportunity.
Many United fans have questioned why the club signed Van de Beek who plays in the same position as Bruno Fernandes.
Van de Beek thinks he will get his opportunity and has made an impression every time he has been given the opportunity by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“It sounds cliché for me to say this, because of course I would have liked to play more, but I really enjoy being in a nice team. I am simply received very well and helped by everyone,” Van de Beek told NOS.
“I’m a patient person, but of course you go there to play as much as possible.
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“I also think – in the minutes that I have made, in the times that I have come in – I have shown that I can add something to the team.”
Van de Beek has also opened up on the conversations he has had with Solskjaer over his playing time.
The Holland star knows he has a key role to play at Old Trafford and is sure he will get his chance at United.
He added: “What does he [Solskjaer] say to me? That I have to be patient, but also that I just have to continue with what I am doing.
“And that he’s seen that I have a good impact when I come into the field. My time is definitely coming. And when those opportunities come, I have to be there.”
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Van de Beek was on target last night for Holland in their 1-1 draw with Spain once again underlining his class.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer has also opened up on Van de Beek and says there is no need to worry.
He told Sky Sports: “No, don’t worry about that.
“He’ll get his games, don’t worry about that. It’s easy to say who should be playing and more difficult to say who shouldn’t.”
Gary Neville is finding it hard to get his head round though.
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“What is a little bit of a mystery is the use of Van der Beek,” said the former right-back.
“He’s been signed for £40m doesn’t seem to be at the forefront of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans in every game.
“It’s a bit of a mystery that one. The more he doesn’t start and the more he doesn’t come on the more you’re thinking: ‘Well £40m player ordinarily you’d get him in the team’.
“He must be thinking, ‘What am I doing here?’ at this moment in time.”
United return to action after the international break against West Brom in the Premier League.
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