Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hints at Donny van de Beek plan ahead of Chelsea clash

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted at a plan to use Donny van de Beek ahead of taking on Chelsea.

The Dutchman, who arrived from Ajax for £40m this summer, is yet to make a start for the Red Devils in the Premier League.

Having made two appearances in the Carabao Cup starting XI, the 23-year-old was also snubbed in a change of formation for the 2-1 Champions League win over PSG.

Despite appearing from the bench in that game and the league fixtures, it has seen pundits criticise van de Beek’s move.

But the United boss has now suggested that fans could see a lot more of the midfielder in the campaign.

Speaking in he pre-match press conference, Solskjaer said: "He’s [Van de Beek] an absolutely top footballer and personality, so humble and hard-working but also, of course, eager to play more.

“You’ll see him throughout the season, it’s going to be a long, long season and he’s impressed me.

“You’ll see him.”

Van de Beek grew up at Ajax, joining the Dutch side as an 11-year-old as he made 175 senior appearances.

Scoring 41 goals from midfield, he also played a big part in the Eredivisie side’s run to the Champions League semi-final in the 2018/19 season.

But Peter Crouch suggested last month that the 23-year-old was not needed at Old Trafford.

In his column for the Daily Mail, he said: “I held a lot of hope for them in the summer but, once again, the way they have negotiated the transfer market has left me puzzled.

“They seem to buy good players, such as Donny van de Beek, but they don’t seem to have a strategy.

“If you have got Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, why do you need Van de Beek?”

And United are putting van de Beek on a training programme that Bruno Fernandes and club legend Cristiano Ronaldo have been put through.

Solskjaer’s United take on Chelsea at Old Trafford on Saturday at 5:30pm.

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