Ole Solskjaer has made a positive statement on Van de Beek’s apparent lack of game-time at Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dropped a hint Van de Beek could be set for more minutes at Manchester United before the end of the season.
The midfielder has seen himself reduced to a fringe member at Old Trafford, despite arriving from Ajax last summer with a big reputation on his shoulders.
Following his £35m move last summer, Van de Beek has struggled for game-time and has seen just 311 minutes of Premier League football.
The 23-year-old has spent much of 2021 sidelined with a muscle problem, but impressed off the bench for Netherlands in the just concluded international break. The midfielder came off the bench against Gibraltar to score a goal, which Solskjaer believes could reignite the player’s drive as the season draws near to a close.
“Sometimes, it’s natural that if you don’t play, you have injuries, you lose a bit of confidence, that spark” Solskjaer said on Van de Beek as quoted by the club’s website.
“I can talk from my own experience. Sometimes I went away to play with Norway and came back, just to get the feel about yourself back and feel better. He’s come back and, in training this morning, he scored some absolute top, top goals that I’d be really proud of myself. It’s done him the world of good going away, scoring a goal for Holland.
“We hope we can see a lot of that for the next seven or eight weeks of the season and then to kick on again.”
United will look to consolidate second place in the Premier League on Sunday when they host Brighton at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils still remain in the Europa League and there could be chances for Van de Beek to get minutes under his belt if they go far in the competition.