Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that Donny van de Beek is going to play an important part this season.
After joining for £40 million in the summer, Van de Beek is yet to start a Premier League game and has only made a few cameos off the bench.
The 23-year-old has impressed when on the pitch though, as he continues to adapt to his new surroundings in England.
Pundits and fans alike have questioned whether he'll be happy sitting on the bench, especially during a poor start to the league campaign like United's.
Speaking to MUTV, Solskjaer has made a strong statement over Van de Beek's importance to his plans at Old Trafford.
"Well, you know, when players come into a new league to a new team, there is always going to be a time of that [adaptation]. Donny, when he’s played, has played really well. It says a lot about our depth of quality in the squad that we don’t have to use him in every single game because we have other players as well. Also, I think it says everything about our ambitions as we want to push to challenge for trophies this season. You know, Donny is going to play a big, big part this year.
"At the moment, I realise the topic is Donny van de Beek. It’s nice for some players or commentators to have a little go and I know that they’re short on time when they’re on telly and have to put their points across very quickly. You have to know you don’t have to start the first three games to be a very important player in the squad. I’d be disappointed if some of my team-mates thought I wasn’t important at Manchester United because I didn’t start many games. Donny is very, very important for us. Don’t worry about that.”