Jamie Redknapp believes Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be regretting signing Donny van de Beek this summer.
Solskjaer has received plenty of criticism with Van de Beek yet to start a Premier League match for his new team.
The Dutch midfielder was given the nod for the Champions League win over RB Leipzig though was subbed off having made little impact.
United have a wealth of options in midfield and Redknapp believes Solskjaer does not think Van de Beek would have settled in yet.
“He [Van de Beek] is a talent, we’ve seen that when he’s played for Ajax and Holland,” Redknapp told Sky Sports’ Pitch to Post podcast.
“But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees him day in, day out. If a player is good enough, he plays.
“Solskjaer obviously doesn’t think he’s right for the team yet. Perhaps he isn’t fit enough or isn’t showing enough in training.
“You saw when Fabinho first came to Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp didn’t play him. But it wasn’t a big deal or a big focus at the time because they were doing so well and they had other players.
“Liverpool had that luxury but Manchester United don’t. If he was at Liverpool, it wouldn’t be a big deal but because it’s United and they’re struggling, everyone wants to see him.
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“But the problem is, where do you play him? It’s a very difficult one for Solskjaer and he probably would rather have not had him, if he’s totally honest, and would rather have that £40m on another centre back and bolster the area where they definitely do have problems.”
Solskjaer has insisted Van de Beek is a vital member of his squad.
“When Donny has played, he’s played really well,” he said. “It says a lot about our depth of quality that we don’t have to use him every single game.
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“I also think it says everything about our ambitions – we want to push on, we want to challenge for trophies this season. Donny is going to play a big part.
“I realise the topic is Donny van de Beek and it’s nice for some [former] players or commentators to have a little go.
“I know you’re short for time when you’re on telly and you have to put your points across very quickly, but you have to know that you don’t have to start the first [league] games to be a very important player in the squad.”
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