Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained his plans for Donny Van de Beek at Manchester United.
The Netherlands international was forced to try and make an impact off the bench at St James’ Park as he awaits his first Premier League start following his summer switch from Ajax.
Despite scoring on his debut against Crystal Palace, the 23-year-old has not yet done enough to convince Solskjaer to play him from the start of a league match, but he has started twice in the Carabao Cup.
“Donny will get his game time,” Solskjaer told United’s official website.
“He’s in the group and training and is always neat and tidy. Today, I don’t think he lost it once.
“He had an impact. But it’s about finding the balance in the team.
”We won 4-1 today and you’re asking why I didn’t start one of the players.
“He can have a very big impact on the team and has done well again.“
Before adding of Juan Mata: “Of course, I get questions about our players when they play and why they don’t play. We have many good players and it’s about taking your chances when you do get them. Juan has definitely done so.
”Juan is playing fantastic. He is so professional and everyone in the team knows his qualities.
“He has been so patient, waiting for the chance.”
And saying of Daniel James: “Dan’s strength, you know, is his incredible speed.
“Today, I thought he showed productivity and trusted himself. We work with all the players and tell them to express themselves and show what they’ve got.
“Juan and Bruno [Fernandes] were in the pockets and Dan and Marcus were working hard to run in behind them and be positive.
”All of them did fantastic but I’m very pleased for Dan. He’s been away with Wales and missed a few games for us with a bad cold. Today, it was a very good performance by Dan.”