Scott McTominay, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba scored in a 3-0 win for the Red Devils.
And summer signing Van de Beek has more than played its part, establishing Mata’s goal of helping United firmly master the tie.
The ex-Ajax man started the game in the middle of midfield but frequently drifted to the left under Solskjaer’s instructions.
And when starting left winger Dan James was pulled 20 minutes from time, Van de Beek was moved to the flank with substitute Pogba assuming the place of central attacking midfielder.
Fans have been scratching their heads this season on how the £ 40million man Van de Beek will be hosted alongside Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
And Solskjaer’s tactics may have just provided the answer, as the manager has hinted Van de Beek could again be deployed to the left of United’s attack in the future.
“He has a very high football intelligence and tactically he went through the Ajax system,” Solskjaer said of Van de Beek in quotes reported by the Manchester Evening News.
“Dutch football is tactical – he knows football, he’s screwed up.
“He’s a different type of left player compared to Dan James and Marcus Rashford, but come in and find some good pockets, why not? ”
Solskjaer said Van de Beek’s versatility made him a managerial dream, recalling his own playing career when he was often used as a substitute but scored a crucial goal and was a huge hit with fans.
“He can play a lot of different positions, which is sometimes a strength for a player,” Solskjaer said.
“I sometimes remember me, right center forward, left center forward, No.10 – Donny is the one the coach will always look to have in a team. ”
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Van de Beek’s two departures to United so far have both been in the Carabao Cup, and Solskjaer has urged the Netherlands international to be patient while waiting for a first Premier League start.
“We know how many games we are going to play and it is going to be vital,” Solskjaer said.
“He’s proven in every game he’s been to that he’s top quality. It’s such a smart engine, it plays the game simply but efficiently, with great quality. He knocks on the door. ”
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