Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains Donny van de Beek absence ahead of RB Leipzig

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted Donny van de Beek will get opportunities at the club. The Netherlands international is yet to start a match in the Premier League or Champions League since his £40million move from Ajax. But that could be set to change.

United go up against RB Leipzig looking to build on their win over PSG last week.

Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford gave the Red Devils all three points that night, stunning the Ligue 1 giants at the Parc des Princes in the process.

United now face the current Bundesliga table-toppers looking to carry on their momentum.

And Solskjaer said: “We look at every single game as a chance to get three points and in the group stage of four teams, you’d think 10 points will get you through.

“To get to 10 points as quick as we can is our aim.”

At the weekend, Solskjaer left Van de Beek on the bench for the club’s dour goalless draw with Chelsea – something that’s sparked widespread criticism.

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Patrice Evra and Gary Neville are just two people who have criticised the Red Devils boss for that decision, with the latter insisting he ‘wasn’t needed’ in the first place.

But Solskjaer has insisted Van de Beek will get his chance, saying:”When players come into a new team, a new league it’s always going to be a time that he adapts.

“When Donny has played, he’s played really well. It says a lot about our depth of quality in the squad that we don’t have to use him every game. It also says everything about our ambitions.

“Donny is going to play a big big part this year. I know at the moment the topic is Donny van de Beek.

“It’s nice for some players and commentators to have a little go, but you have to know that you don’t have to start the first three games to be a very important player in the squad. He’s going to be important, don’t worry about that.”

He then added: “It’s going to be a long season and the depth of our squad is better now.


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“Last game Donny, Nemanja and Paul all started on the bench – they’re all experienced international footballers. It’s not easy.

“But we have so many games this season and they’re all going to play a big part, nobody will be able to play all of them.

“They work well as a team, is it two, three or four? And who’s on form? Who needs a break?”

Solskjaer then claimed rotation would be key for United across the course of the campaign, adding: “We are in special circumstances.

“We play every two or three days relentlessly until the end of the season. Then there’s Euros and a new season.

“Of course any chance to give players a breather would be welcome.

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“You don’t want to push players too much as there’s a risk of injury. That human side is gonna be big this season.

“We need to look after the boys, that’s our job as coaches and managers.”

On Leipzig themselves, Solskjaer hailed his managerial counterpart Julian Nagelsmann for his work at the Red Bull Arena so far.

“They have improved every season. They’re doing well and now going for the trophies,” he said.

“They have a young and interesting coach who is interesting to watch. They’re interesting to follow at the moment.”

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