Donny Van de Beek was an ‘icon’ in Holland as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accused of making false promises to tempt £35m man into Manchester United move

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has failed to deliver on his early promises to Donny van de Beek, talkSPORT has been told.

The Holland midfielder’s £35million arrival from Ajax last month was United’s only marque signing of the summer.

But Van de Beek has started more matches for his country than United since making the switch, having been restricted to five appearances off the bench and just two starts in the Carabao Cup.

Van de Beek has not started a Premier League game for United

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Van de Beek has not started a Premier League game for United

United favourite Patrice Evra has questioned whether the signing was necessary, while Dutch legend Marco van Basten said earlier this week that Van de Beek will regret moving to Old Trafford.

Solskjaer rubbished those claims ahead of United’s Champions League meeting with RB Leipzig on Wednesday night, insisting Van de Beek will play a ‘big, big part this year’.

But Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan believes the United boss has a lot to answer for, having told the 23-year-old starlet to turn down interest from LaLiga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid – who he nearly ended up signing for.

Speaking on Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast, the experienced journalist said: “I think it’s about time Solskjaer gave him more minutes.

“He’s had what 61 minutes so far? That’s very little for a player of his stature.

“He was a big guy in the Netherlands and a top guy at Ajax. The fans loved him there and he was kind of the new icon.

“He waited longer and said he wouldn’t go yet as he waited to become a mature age before he went.

Solskjaer has defended his use of the Dutch midfielder amid growing criticism

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Solskjaer has defended his use of the Dutch midfielder amid growing criticism

“In that way yes he has got a bit of an aura around him. I don’t think he will be on the sidelines all season, but we have to take into consideration the conversations he had with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, even before the summer.”

On the interest in Van de Beek, he added: “He was in demand at Barcelona and Real Madrid, where he had more or less signed there. All that was needed was a medical and things changed in Spain because of the COVID-19 situation.

“They didn’t think it was appropriate to make massive signings when everyone was getting laid off.

“The talks were going on with Solskjaer – private talks. Obviously when you hear a Dutch player is heading off to a foreign competition, we [journalists] make enquiries.

“We contact the agent and we sound people out. That’s when we found out that he had such great talks with Solskjaer.

“He made it so clear don’t go the other clubs because I’ve got this and that in my mind with you.

“That doesn’t go with what the situation is at the moment. If I see his [Van de Beek] face in the stand [at the moment] it’s not a happy face.”





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