Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Donny van de Beek will need time to establish himself in the Manchester United first-team.
Van de Beek, 23, was United’s major summer signing in a £40million move from Ajax and scored on his debut in the 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in September.
However, Van de Beek has only started twice in the Premier League and his start at West Ham a month ago ended at half-time when Solskjaer replaced him for Bruno Fernandes with United 1-0 down.
Van de Beek is unlikely to start for United in the Carabao Cup semi-final with Manchester City tonight but Solskjaer believes recent examples suggest the Dutchman will come good.
“Donny has played well when he has had the chance,” Solskjaer said. “I think we are too quick sometimes to jump on, ‘oh he’s not playing, it’s a failure’, but you know we can see now.
“For example, with Victor [Lindelof] and Fred, as examples, that it takes a little bit of time and now they are massively important players in our squad, in our team, which will be the same with Donny.
“He has come in, he is in a midfield group there with quality, challenging with Bruno, Juan [Mata], Jesse [Lingard]. I have loads of tens, loads of central midfielders with Paul [Pogba], Nemanja [Matic], Scott [McTominay] and Fred, and Donny has done well when he has come in.
“He is always ready, he always works hard in training, positive and he will make differences in many games for us this season but he will grow more and more for next year.”
Van de Beek started in all three of United’s previous Carabao Cup wins over Everton, Brighton and Luton.
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