Donny van de Beek could henceforth be used on the left of Manchester United front three after his impressive performance in the Carabao Cup win at Brighton
The £35million man played as United’s advanced central midfielder at the Amex Stadium but he often drifted to the left under instruction from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and finished the game in a position that he could find himself featuring in more frequently.
Solskjaer hailed Holland international’s tactical flexibility and hinted he could feature in a wide role if required this season.
While Daniel James began on the left for the Red Devils he was withdrawn midway through the second half, when Van de Beek moved to that role for the final quarter.
“He’s got very high footballing intelligence and tactically he’s gone through the Ajax system. Dutch football is tactical, he knows football, he’s got his head screwed on,” Solskjaer said of his only new signing so far in this window.
“He’s a different type of left-sided player compared to Dan James and Marcus Rashford but coming inside and finding good pockets why not, he can play loads of different positions, which sometimes is a strength for a player.
“I remember myself sometimes, right-wing, left-wing centre forward, No. 10, Donny is one the coach will always look to have in a squad.”