Solskjaer pinpoints moment five years ago that Van de Beek caught his eye


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he has been keeping tabs on Donny van de Beek for five years.

The Manchester United manager has bolstered his ranks with the signing of Dutch star Van de Beek, who has arrived from Ajax in a £40million move.

Solskjaer now boasts a star-studded midfield which also includes Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, with the manager hoping his stars can help the Red Devils challenge for silverware this season.

And the Norwegian is delighted to have finally landed his man, having first encountered him during his time as Molde manager when he faced Ajax in a Europa League clash in 2015.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he has been keeping tabs on Donny van de Beek for five years

“The first goal he scored was against me and my Molde team in the Europa League in 2015 – we drew 1-1 at the Amsterdam Arena and he scored a fantastic header,” Solskjaer told BBC’s the Football Daily podcast.

“He actually headbutted my centre-back at the time as well, so he was brave! I’ve liked his infectious attitude. I’ve spoken to Edwin van der Sar, other players that know him, you just use the people you know and trust to scout that character.

“When someone scores against you, you’ll always remember it…I just remember a cross and he beats my centre-back and it loops over our keeper in the beginning of the game.”

Dutch midfielder Donny Van de Beek has arrived from Ajax

The manager also pinpointed the strengths he believes Van de Beek will bring to United’s midfied.

Solskjaer added: “When we signed Bruno [Fernandes] we knew we needed that kind of player, now we’ve signed Donny and he’s a type of player I felt we needed in the squad. He’s the type of person that will fit the culture, fit the team and improve us next season and for years to come.

“He’s a versatile player, a very intelligent player, he’s got loads of energy, enthusiasm, developing all the time. He scores goals and we need to add those from midfield. We need goals throughout the squad because we didn’t score enough [last season] to be challenging at the top.

“He can see space and arrive at the right time, the timing of his movements is fantastic.”





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