November 24, 2020

Donny van de Beek admits I would have liked to play more since joining Manchester United – Daily Mail

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-8940923/Donny-van-Beek-admits-liked-play-joining-Manchester-United.html

‘I’ve shown I CAN add something’: Donny van de Beek stars in Holland’s 1-1 draw with Spain then admits ‘I would have liked to play more’ after a frustrating spell on the bench since joining Manchester United

  • Donny van de Beek is yet to start a Premier League game for Manchester United
  • The 23-year-old says boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told him to remain patient 
  • Van de Beek scored for Holland in the 1-1 draw with Spain on Wednesday night 

Donny van de Beek has admitted he is desperate to get more game time under his belt after joining Manchester United last summer.

Van de Beek is yet to start a Premier League game this season since United plucked him from his boyhood club Ajax in a £40million deal, despite a number of impressive appearances either as a substitute or in the Champions League.

The 23-year-old was desperate to plead patience when speaking after scoring in Holland’s 1-1 draw with Spain on Wednesday night but couldn’t help but say he wished he had been used more regularly by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Donny van de Beek has admitted is looking to play more regularly at Manchester United

Donny van de Beek has admitted is looking to play more regularly at Manchester United

Donny van de Beek has admitted is looking to play more regularly at Manchester United

Van de Beek scored for Holland in their 1-1 draw against Spain on Wednesday evening

Van de Beek scored for Holland in their 1-1 draw against Spain on Wednesday evening

Van de Beek scored for Holland in their 1-1 draw against Spain on Wednesday evening

Midfield competition is tough at United with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the squad

Midfield competition is tough at United with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the squad

Midfield competition is tough at United with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the squad

‘It sounds (like a) cliche for me to say this, because of course I would have liked to play more, but I really enjoy being in a nice team. I am simply received very well and helped by everyone,’ Van de Beek told NOS.

‘I’m a patient person, but of course you go there to play as much as possible. I also think – in the minutes that I have made, in the times that I have come in – I have shown that I can add something to the team.’

Van de Beek admitted he has spoken with Solskjaer about his lack of game time – he has only clocked a total of 75 minutes in the Premier League so far – and the United boss is supportive of him.

He scored on his debut as a substitute in United’s shock 3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. In recent weeks, Solskjaer has used him in a diamond formation for Champions League games, notable in the impressive 5-0 victory over RB Leipzig.

But competition in midfield is fierce at United, with Van de Beek battling with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic for time out on the pitch. 

‘What does he (Solskjaer) say to me? That I have to be patient, but also that I just have to continue with what I am doing,’ Van de Beek added.

‘And that he’s seen that I have a good impact when I come into the field. My time is definitely coming. And when those opportunities come, I have to be there.’

Van de Beek scored on his United debut - a 3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace at Old Trafford

Van de Beek scored on his United debut - a 3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace at Old Trafford

Van de Beek scored on his United debut – a 3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace at Old Trafford

The Dutchman says Solskjaer has told him to be patient and that his time will come at United

The Dutchman says Solskjaer has told him to be patient and that his time will come at United

The Dutchman says Solskjaer has told him to be patient and that his time will come at United

Van de Beek has two more games upcoming in the present international window with Holland, against Bosnia and Herzegovina followed by a clash with Poland. 

United, meanwhile, are languishing in 14th in the Premier League table with 10 points from their first seven matches.

They have a game in hand on the top four, however, with fourth-place currently occupied by Southampton on 16 points. Solskjaer’s men meet West Brom at Old Trafford on November 21 once the international break is over. 

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