Manchester United star Donny van de Beek has been told there are seven players competing with him for a spot in the first-team.
There were question marks over whether the 23-year-old was needed or not after joining a stacked midfield and his game-time has been affected as a result.
But boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the Dutchman to be patient, outlining how Fred and Victor Lindelof had similar starts to life at Old Trafford.
“For example, with Victor [Lindelof] and Fred, as examples, that it takes a little bit of time and now they are massively important players in our squad, in our team, which will be the same with Donny,” Solskjaer said.
The Norweigan also revealed how Van de Beek is battling with a number of players for a spot in his team.
He added: “He has come in, he is in a midfield group there with quality, challenging with Bruno, Juan [Mata], Jesse [Lingard].
“I have loads of tens, loads of central midfielders with Paul [Pogba], Nemanja [Matic], Scott [McTominay] and Fred, and Donny has done well when he has come in.”
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