Liverpool legend Jamie Redknapp has claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already regrets signing Donny van de Beek for Manchester United and would have preferred to sign a defender instead of the Dutchman.
The Netherlands international was signed from Ajax in a £40million deal. But the 23-year-old has endured a frustrating start to his United career Trafford, as he is yet to start a Premier League game under Solskjaer.
Redknapp insists the Norwegian would have preferred to have defensive reinforcement rather than sign the former Ajax midfielder.
“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.
“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.”
Speaking this week, Solskjaer insisted Van de Beek would play a ‘big part’ for Manchester United this season, despite his limited playing time so far.
“It says a lot about our depth of quality that we don’t have to use him in every game, it says it all about our ambitions,” said Solskjaer.
“It’s nice for some players and commentators to have a little go. I know you’re short on time on television and have to put your point across quickly, but you have to know you don’t have to start the first three games to know you’re an important part of the squad.
“I’d be disappointed if some of my team-mates said I wasn’t important at Manchester United but I didn’t start many games.
“Donny will be very, very important for us. Don’t worry about that.”