Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted that summer signing Donny van de Beek will get his chance in the starting XI after he made another influential impact against Newcastle on Saturday night.
United struck three times late on against the Magpies to claim a 4-1 win at St James’ Park, in a crucial result following a disappointing start to the season.
Van de Beek came off the bench with 14 minutes to go on Saturday to help United storm to victory, and an impressed Solskjaer admitted the former Ajax star will get his chance to start in the coming weeks after being reduced to just 59 minutes of Premier League action so far this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that Donny van de Beek will get his chance in the starting XI
Van De Beek celebrates on Saturday night after United rallied late on to claim all three points
‘He’ll get his game time. He’s been fantastic in the group,’ Solskjaer told reporters after the win against Newcastle.
‘I think you see today and in training, he’s so neat and tidy, I don’t think he lost the ball once.
‘It’s about finding the balance in the team. We’ve won 4-1 today and you’re asking why I didn’t start one of the players. He’ll have a very good impact on the team.’
£40million man Van De Beek made a promising start to his United career, scoring on his debut in an opening-day defeat against Crystal Palace, but is yet to establish himself as a regular.
Meanwhile, captain Harry Maguire – who has had a torrid few months on and off the pitch – scored a first-half equaliser on Saturday night, with Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford sealing the win in the closing stages.
‘Harry scored and leads by example,’ Solskjaer added about his captain.
‘He showed good character, I am happy for him. He had a couple of difficult weeks since he last played for us,’ Solskjaer said.
Harry Maguire capped a fine individual performance with a goal in the 4-1 win at St James’ Park
‘The boys came together really well. The are looking forward to every game. Today I
After the crucial victory and following two defeats in three games before the international break, United are 14th in the Premier League table, seven points adrift of leaders Everton.
Solskjaer’s side face an all-together sterner test on Tuesday as they travel to Paris to take on last season’s runners-up PSG in the Champions League.