Date published: Thursday 29th October 2020 12:37
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told he might have an issue dropping Donny van de Beek out of the first team.
The Dutchman made his first Champions League start for United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night in the 5-0 romp.
And former United midfielder Owen Hargreaves thinks Solskjaer might have the next Thomas Muller on his hands. Van de Beek made a solid, if unspectacular display against RB Leipzig with four of the goals coming after he was replaced by Bruno Fernandes.
Hargreaves though thinks Van de Beek will become hard to drop, even though the £35m signing has yet to start in the Premier League.
“I think he’s a really good player,” Hargreaves told BT Sport: “He hasn’t had the opportunity to show it. He could be like what Thomas Muller is for Bayern Munich – the style.
“Everybody tried to get Thomas Muller out of the team, but once he’s in you can’t get him out in terms of goals, assists, he’s very unselfish, he can press the ball, he works in a midfield three, he can play as an 8 or a 10.
Ole’s praise for Donny
“[Van de Beek] is one of those… once he’s in the team, Ole is going to find it hard to get him out.
“The problem you have is: You’ve got £100m Pogba, Bruno Fernandes… getting them all in one team with the front three they have is going to be a challenge for Ole.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer was asked about Van de Beek and Paul Pogba’s performance against Leipzig.
Solskjaer told BT Sport: “Donny is a fantastic player and a fantastic boy.
“You see the work he puts down both on and off the ball, you see the defensive shape with him, he covers the ground and he’s so clever with his movement.
“So I’m so pleased with both of them.
“This group is coming together. Of course we’ve added a few quality players and the more quality you have and spirit you have, the better chance you have of a performance.”
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