Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer switched formation to play with a diamond in midfield who had Van de Beek as No.10.
It remains to be seen whether Solskjaer will continue this training for the long term, but Sunday’s clash with Arsenal should see Bruno Fernandes return to the starting XI in the role behind the striker in which Van de Beek operated.
Finding a way to incorporate Van de Beek, Fernandes and Pogba at the same time has proven tricky for Solskjaer this season.
But McTominay insists he has no doubts about the quality of Van de Beek and expects the Dutch star’s efforts on the training ground to end up on the pitch.
He told United Review: “Donny van de Beek is a big boy and a brilliant football player.
“I’m sure the way he works in training and how hard he works, his time will definitely come to have more minutes on the pitch.
“I talked to him a bit and he’s a great kid. The way it applies every day, it is never late – always on time – and always trains to its absolute maximum.
“We have a very, very good player and a very good person. “