Solskjaer rates Donny van de Beek’s Manchester United debut against Crystal Palace

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed delight with the performance of new signing Donny van de Beek in our 3-1 defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday evening.

The Netherlands international came off the bench to score on his debut, but it wasn’t enough to help us avoid an embarrassing home defeat.

“Well, we can play so much better than today,” said the United boss. “If you look at the players we had on the pitch, and on the bench, and not here today, I think we all need to look within first. We need to look at ourselves and know that we have to perform better.

“Then again, we’re always – always – looking to improve if there’s something out there that’s available to the right price. We always want to strengthen. But I think we can all look at ourselves in the mirror today instead.”

Van de Beek was possibly the only positive for Solskjaer to take from the game, as he came off the bench with 23 minutes to go and kept his side in it with a well-taken goal.

“Yeah he gave us a bit of belief there that we could get something from the game,’ said the manager.

“Donny is bright, he sees space, he sees the ball, where it’s going to land in the box – and that’s what he’s going to give us. That’s why we’ve signed him.

“He’s got that knack of finding the right areas in the box. We needed that because some time, not very often, we got round, put some crosses in, and we didn’t have enough players in the box in the right areas.”