Following reports that Donny van de Beek could get his first start of the season against Watford in the Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed the Netherlands international for being a “top professional” despite hardly making use of him in the team since signing the midfielder from Ajax.
Joining Manchester United has turned out to be a lot more difficult than Van de Beek would’ve initially imagined. He has not been given chances to prove himself but deep down everyone knows there’s a technically gifted player in there, waiting to hatch.
It doesn’t help that Solskjaer hasn’t addressed the team’s compactness and questions are still being asked of the team’s defence and midfield, as Gary Neville pointed out in a recent interview with the Daily Mail.
“I think our fans can see a top professional and a very good player,” Solskjaer said of Van de Beek, when speaking about his future at Old Trafford, as per Manchester Evening News.
“And Donny is one that has never ever let himself or his team or his family down by his attitude. His approach to the game and training is spot on and I can’t fault him and he knows that.
“I keep in contact and I speak to him and communicate with him because it’s not easy when players are not playing as much as they think they should do and Donny thinks he should be playing more and he will be involved.
“I can’t see anything other than he’s another example of what to do when you’re not in the team and he’ll reap his rewards.”
It is clear that Van de Beek wants to be an example on the pitch rather than the bench. Now, with Paul Pogba ruled out for a sustained period, he could finally have the chance he’s been waiting for.
The Mirror claims that he is likely to start today against Watford.
We certainly hope he gives the managers reason to start him again midweek.