Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Donny van de Beek to play a bigger role next season.

The Dutch international joined Manchester United in the summer from Ajax but has been used sparingly by the club so far. Van de Beek has only made 10 appearances in the Premier League.

On Wednesday, Manchester United face Manchester City in the League Cup semi-final which may present Van de Beek a chance.

However, in the run up to the clash, Solskjaer has told the midfielder he will have to be patient because of the competition he has in the midfield.

He told the press,  “Donny has done well in the games where he got the chance. I think sometimes we are too quick to conclude that if someone doesn’t play, he’s a failure. Victor Lindelöf and Fred are good examples in my selection of players who needed some time and are now extremely important to our team and it will be the same with Donny.”

Solskjaer then called the 23-year-old a player for the future, “He has come here and is competing with players like Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata, and Jesse Lingard. I have an awful lot of number ten’s and a lot of central midfielders too, with Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Fred… Most importantly, Donny has shown that he is ready when his chance comes. He works hard on training, is positive and will influence matches this season. But I think he will take much bigger steps next season.”




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