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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sent Donny van de Beek an inspiring message as he looks to entice the Dutchman to work hard for a spot in his starting XI.
Van de Beek has had a disappointing start to life in Manchester, not being able to nail down a starting spot due to the inspired form of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
It was rumoured that the 24-year-old would go to Everton on loan on the deadline day of the summer window, although a move was reportedly blocked by Old Trafford chiefs.
But after talks with Solskjaer, the ex-Ajax midfielder seems focused on making the central-midfield berth his own.
Speaking to Rio Ferdinand, Van de Beek was buoyant about his chances.
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“No, I spoke with the manager and the club,” Van de Beek said.
“They said they wanted me to stay here. The manager was really positive about me, and he said ‘I need you, and I want to keep you here’.
“He also said: ‘What I see from you every day at training, is a different Donny now’. He was really positive about me, and now I am feeling well.
“I am in good shape, and I hope that I can show the fans that I have improved a lot.
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“He said he sees a big difference, maybe I am a bit stronger now and he can see that I have one year of experience in England now.”
Although Solskjaer has given Van de Beek inspired hope about more game time, he will have to dislodge the virtuoso of Paul Pogba first.
Yet without consistent minutes on the pitch, Van de Beek believes he will not be able to show his best form.
“You can never promise that (game time), that’s just football,” he continued.
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“You can never promise a player and tell him if he can play or not, and I agree with that.
“I have asked to play more. You can train hard every day, but in the end, you need game time.
“If you only play once a month, you cannot show your best form – playing is really important.”
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