The Dutchman became United’s first major signing in the summer window, signing from Ajax for around £ 35million, but struggled to secure a place in the starting XI.
Solskjaer has used the midfielder sporadically so far this season, with van de Beek seeing his playing time extremely limited during the holiday season.
The midfielder only played two minutes in the Carabao Cup loss to Manchester City and Solskjaer’s handling of the situation was widely criticized.
Meulensteen – who worked under Sir Alex Ferguson – admitted it was strange to see the 23-year-old not playing regularly.
“I don’t think it’s about [just] the treatment – it’s an integral part of being a professional footballer – especially when you move clubs, ”he said Stade Astro last month.
“I think the reason the Dutch are baffled is that Donny van de Beek – you can ask anyone in Holland – is a very, very good player.
“He had a similar impact for Ajax back then as Bruno Fernandes for Man United now. It really surprises me not to have seen it more often and to have more departures. ”
Solskjaer has revealed van de Beek will play against Watford in the FA Cup and assured fans he has spoken to his player about his current situation at Old Trafford.
He said: “I have answered this question so many times and there are so many examples of players who need a little time.
“Quality players, we have many examples ourselves and there are other clubs with examples and sometimes it takes time.
“You don’t expect people who care about him to shut up sometimes, especially when they want the best for them. Donny is going to play tomorrow, it’s another chance for him.
“And, yeah, I spoke to him and made him aware of our rating, but he will play tomorrow and it’s a good chance for him to play again.”