Ole praises Donny's versatility

Thursday 01 October 2020 09:00

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes midfielder Donny van de Beek has the ability to be successful in a range of attacking positions for the Reds.

The Dutchman set up Juan Mata’s goal in our 3-0 fourth-round Carabao Cup win over Brighton, shortly after being moved out to the left flank during the second half.


Speaking in his post-match press conference the boss said Donny has shown he can be effective in various roles up front.


“I think he can play loads of different positions which sometimes is a strength for a player,” he said.


“I remember myself sometimes right-wing, left-wing, centre forward, 10 and Donny I think is one of those that the coach would always love to have in their squad.”

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Solskjaer added: “He’s got very, very high footballing intelligence. Tactically he’s gone through the Ajax system and Dutch football is tactical. He knows football and all the conversations I’ve had with him, you can see he’s got his head screwed on.


“He’s a different type of left-sided player compared to Dan James and Marcus Rashford of course. But coming inside there, finding good pockets, making good runs – yeah why not.”

The boss also hinted Donny could soon make his first Premier League start for United, having so far started in both cup games and featured twice in the league as a substitute.


"We know how many games we’re going to play this season and he’s going to be vital for us," insisted Ole.


“I think he’s proved in every game he’s been a part of that he’s got high quality and he’s such a clever mover. He plays the game very simple, but effectively and with high qualities, so of course he’s knocking on the door.”

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