Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident he has found the perfect fit with the signing of Donny van de Beek.
The Dutch midfielder, 23, has penned a long-term deal with the Red Devils and arrived at Carrington for his first training session with the club on Wednesday.
Van de Beek was won over by Solskjaer’s determination to bring him to the club – but he certainly did his reasearch.
And the manager has now revealed he sought approval from Timothy Fosu-Mensah before getting a deal done.
Fosu-Mensah played alongside Van de Beek as a youngster at the Ajax academy before he left for Manchester United in 2014 but the pair have remained international team-mates for the Netherlands.
Solskjaer told BBC Radio 5 Live: “When we signed Bruno Fernandes, we knew we needed that type of player.
“Now we have signed Donny van de Beek, he is the type of player I felt we needed in the squad and the type of person that will fit the culture and the team and will improve us for next season.
“He is a versatile player, he is clever and has plenty of energy and enthusiasm. He scores goals and that is what we need to add from midfield. We need goals throughout the squad, we did not score enough to challenge at the top.
“On signing players, you use the people you know and trust so I spoke to Ajax director of football Edwin van der Sar and our defender Timothy [Fosu-Mensah] before signing Donny van de Beek.
“We are always looking to see if there is any way possible that we can improve this squad and bring players in that will have the right level, quality, personality and fits all the criteria.
“This summer and year has been a strange one and it is very important everyone understands this has an affect on football. Not everyone can spend millions and millions.
“I never set myself a target, like scoring 20 goals as a player. You just have to go day by day, making sure you develop and improve.
“We have a vision of where we want to get to but know so many things can come in the way. I believe in seeing how the team and club develops.”
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