Man Utd boss Solskjaer sent solution to get Van de Beek, Fernandes and Pogba in same team

Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek may have to settle for a slightly different role in order to get a regular spot in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, according to former Tottenham star Tom Huddlestone. Van de Beek is yet to start a Premier League game since his £40million arrival from Ajax in the summer. The Holland international’s move to Old Trafford has been questioned, with United already having Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba at the club.

Van de Beek started Wednesday’s 5-0 Champions League win over RB Leipzig in the No 10 role, with Fernandes rested from the start.

Solskjaer used a diamond formation in midfield, with Pogba and Fred either side and Nemanja Matic in the holding role.

Huddlestone cannot see Van de Beek unseating Fernandes from the No 10 position on a regular basis.

However, he thinks it is possible on some occasions that the Dutchman can take up a different role in the diamond, alongside both Pogba and Fernandes.

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“Yeah I think [Van de Beek] could [change position],” Huddlestone said on Sky Sports News.

“Obviously [against Leipzig] it seemed as though they had Matic sitting, Pogba and Fred either side of him, with Van de Beek in the more advanced position.

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“I think he could probably, against the so-called lesser teams on paper shall we say, play to one of the sides of the diamond if Man United are going to go that way going forward.

“I think it would be quite an offensive team if you had one sitter with Pogba, Fernandes and Van de Beek as the rest of your diamond with two split strikers.

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“But he’s a young age, a lot of the Dutch, and especially the Ajax, products are quite adaptable and flexible within whatever systems or positions they’re expected to play.

“They all know their roles and responsibilities so I’m sure even if it’s not his preferred position, I’m sure he will be able to adjust pretty quickly.”

United were 1-0 up against Leipzig before Van de Beek was replaced by Fernandes.

And former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy reckons four goals in the final 16 minutes will not spell good news for Van de Beek’s chances of regular game time.

“Van de Beek must be thinking ‘okay I had my chance’, he comes on, Fernandes, and Rashford comes on, and you’ve gone from being 1-0 to 5-0 in a very short space of time,” Cundy said on talkSPORT.

“He must feel: ‘God, I’ve got to try and get in front of him’, because I can’t see how he will play the two.

“If he does, I don’t think it will be that often. And Pogba? So I think he will struggle, Van de Beek, to get a regular spot.

“It is a long season but you kind of feel for him a little bit because I don’t think he did anything wrong, he wasn’t particularly outstanding.”

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