Manchester United coaches still seem to have no idea of Donny van de Beek's best position a full 15 months after he joined the club from Ajax for an initial £35million.
The 24-year-old failed to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite the Norwegian's promise that he would get his opportunities, starting just four times in the Premier League last season.
The Netherlands international has only one start to his name in the league this time out, but did get the nod from Michael Carrick in their Champions League victory in midweek.
Speaking on Friday ahead of Sunday's trip to Stamford Bridge, caretaker boss Carrick was asked where Van de Beek is best suiting to playing in the United side.
Carrick said: "Donny's one of those players [that] because he's so flexible, he can play in different positions.
He did the same for Ajax before he came here, he's done that for Holland as well, variety can be a real strength. We've got ideas where we think Donny's most suited but he's so flexible and adaptable, with two or three positions.
"He even played as a false nine for Ajax in the Champions League when they ended up getting beaten by Tottenham.
"We've got ideas for him but being flexible is a strength and a credit to what he can bring to the team."
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While Carrick spoke of Van de Beek's versatility as a positive, that might've cost him under Solskjaer who favoured the likes of Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Fred and Bruno Fernandes in the middle.
Van de Beek told Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE earlier this season: “Ole told me: ‘from what I see in training… I see a different Donny now.’ He was really positive about me. And I need to trust him.
“If he doesn’t need me, he would have let me go. I think he has plans for me. I hope that one day I can show the people what I can do.”
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