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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rates Donny van de Beek’s performance against Leipzig

Manchester United v RB Leipzig: Group H - UEFA Champions League
Donny van de Beek made his first Champions League start for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on Donny van de Beek’s performance after Manchester United’s 5-0 victory over Leipzig and said he was delighted with the midfielder’s work both on and off the ball at Old Trafford.

Van de Beek has had to wait patiently for regular game-time since his £35million summer move from Ajax to United and is yet to start in the Premier League this season.

However, Van de Beek was handed a golden chance to impress on Wednesday night and the Dutchman seized his opportunity with an assured display alongside Paul Pogba in the Champions League Group H clash.

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Rashford took the match ball home after his first hat-trick in professional football (Picture: Getty)

Second-half substitute Marcus Rashford stole the headlines with a stunning 18-minute hat-trick – after Mason Greenwood’s 21st minute strike to break the deadlock – and Anthony Martial also converted from the spot on a satisfying night for Solskjaer and the Red Devils.

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Pogba and Van de Beek had missed out on a place in Solskjaer’s starting XI for United’s previous three games and the Norwegian was impressed with their response at the Theatre of Dreams.

Asked about Pogba and Van de Beek’s performances, Solskjaer told BT Sport: ‘Donny is a fantastic player and a fantastic boy.

‘You see the work he puts down both on and off the ball, you see the defensive shape with him, he covers the ground and he’s so clever with his movement.

‘So I’m so pleased with both of them.’

Solskjaer hailed Van de Beek's performance in his post-match interview with BT Sport
Solskjaer hailed Van de Beek’s performance in his post-match interview with BT Sport

Solskjaer added: ‘This group is coming together.

‘Of course we’ve added a few quality players and the more quality you have and spirit you have, the better chance you have of a performance.’

On Rashford’s incredible cameo performance, Solskjaer said: ‘He came on, did well, impact, of course we want that from the subs but that’s only possible when the others have laid the groundwork.

‘What a shift they put in and of course Leipzig do make you work with the high-press, the counter-press, the intensity, and we have to really dig deep and work hard for each other.

‘Spaces open up when you’re winning and we knew that today was the day we had to rest a few because this season is relentless so we could use the squad.’

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