Man Utd coaches ‘retain concerns’ over Solskjaer signing

Date published: Tuesday 12th October 2021 10:09 - Joe Williams

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan look unhappy

Donny van de Beek has yet to convince the Man Utd coaching staff that he is capable of playing in the Premier League, according to reports.

The Netherlands international has struggled to become a regular starter in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side since joining from Ajax in the summer of 2020.

As a big-money signing, Van de Beek was expected to transform the Red Devils’ engine room but he only started four Premier League matches last season.

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Solskjaer has preferred to play Fred, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba with Van de Beek only playing five minutes in the league this term.

He has started one game in the League Cup and one match in the Champions League for Man Utd this season but that has not been enough to convince the Dutchman to stay.

Van de Beek has already been linked with a January move away from the club with Everton looking to reignite their interest in him after Solskjaer refused to allow him to leave on loan.

And The Athletic claims Solskjaer is still confident the midfielder ‘can succeed’ at Man Utd despite concerns from other coaches.

The Athletic reads:

‘United’s ultimate issue remains in midfield, where coaches retain concerns about £35 million Van de Beek’s suitability for the rough and tumble of Premier League football. Senior figures at the club, including Solskjaer, still believe he can succeed despite only four starts in the division to date and just one five-minute appearance off the bench in the top flight so far this season.

‘Van de Beek, we should remember, was previously pursued by Real Madrid when he was still an Ajax player, while former United manager Mourinho was confident and excited about signing the Dutchman in the summer of 2020, only for Tottenham to fail to move out fellow midfielder Tanguy Ndombele to fund the transfer.’

Meanwhile, Ian Wright recently called Van de Beek’s decision to join Man Utd as “baffling” and insists the signing was “wrong” for both parties.

Wright told Optus Sport: “The way that Ajax play with their possession football, the way that he’s grown up in that Ajax academy knowing how to make moves off of a team that are able to continually hold the ball, is totally different to how Man United play.

“It’s baffling to me that he went to Man United. It’s not like they’re going to change the way they play for Donny van de Beek to play. The signing was wrong.

“At this stage, I’ve not seen him play more than three games on the spin for Man United, it’s gone wrong. He has got to get out of there because it’s not going to work for him at Man United.

“He is not going to get the opportunity to play, and he is somebody that should be playing because he is a fantastic player.”


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