Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains why Manchester United signed Donny van de Beek

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up about the screening process that ultimately brought Donny van de Beek to Manchester United, admitting he has a long-standing admiration for the player.United have made a transfer of £ 35million plus additions for the midfielder who impressed Solskjaer in 2015 when he played for Ajax against Molde. He started training with his United teammates at Carrington on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old adds to United’s midfielder options, with Solskjaer convinced that Van de Beek’s ‘timing and creativity’ are among his greatest attributes.

“He’s a versatile and intelligent player, who has a lot of energy and enthusiasm,” Solskjaer told BBC 5 live on the Dutchman.

“He’s developing all the time, he’s scoring goals. We have to add goals from midfield, our attackers scored quite a few goals last season, Bruno [Fernandes] came and scored goals, but we need goals in the whole squad and in the squad because we haven’t scored enough to be stimulating at the top.

“He will add his goals. He will add his creativity, he has a good read and a good understanding of the game, he sees the space and arrives at the right time. His timing is fantastic. “

Solskjaer then revealed how long he has been following Van de Beek personally and confirmed conversations with current Ajax boss and former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar have taken place.

The Norwegian added: “When you like a player… I followed Donny, he scored his first goal against Molde in the Europa League in 2015. We drew 1-1 at the Amsterdam Arena and he scored a fantastic head, it actually hit my head. central defender, so he was very brave too!



“It was early in the game, so I liked his contagious attitude, he’s got a smile on his face and when you see players with that motivation and that desire, that’s a way you have to use your eye.

“But I spoke to Edwin van der Sar, I spoke to other players who know him. You just use the people you know and trust to spot the character. “

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