Former Ajax star Donny van de Beek has opened up about his difficult start to life at Old Trafford following Netherlands draw with Spain on Wednesday.
The Netherlands international said his time will definitely come at Manchester United as he called on his fans and supporters to exercise patience.
The English club has come in for criticism in recent weeks over the lack of game time given to Donny van de Beek in recent games.
As a matter of fact, Van de Beek is still yet to start a Premier League game for Manchester United since swapping the Johan Cruyff Arena for Old Trafford this summer for £44m.
The midfielder who turned 23 this year has only garnered just 75 minutes of game time in the Premier League this season.
The Dutchman has found the back of the net once in that timeframe and has started twice in the EFL Cup and the Champions League this campaign.
Donny van de Beek spoke to NOS after scoring his country’s solitary goal in the 1-1 friendly draw against Spain, and when asked about his Old Trafford situation, he said: “It sounds cliché 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.
“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.”
Manchester United currently boast of one of the deepest midfields in the league, with club favorite Bruno Fernandes, Pogba, Fred, Matic and Scott McTominay all fighting for a starting spot.
However, Ole has preferred to put trust in Fred and McTominay to start just behind Bruno Fernandes in midfield against Chelsea, PSG and Newcastle this season, with Donny van de Beek and Pogba sitting on the bench in last week’s triumph over Everton.
Despite his limited game time this season, van de Beek has recorded an impressive 83 percent passing accuracy which is better than Bruno Fernandes and Pogba.
In his three Champions League games this term, Van de Beek boasts a passing accuracy of 92 per cent, better than Matic (89.4), Pogba (85.5), Fred (84.1), McTominay (83) and Fernandes (73.3).
Van de Beek added: “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.
“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.”
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