Donny van de Beek is set to start for Manchester United against Watford amid concerns in Holland over his lack of playing time.
Van de Beek, 23, has only started eight times for United since his £40million move from Ajax in the summer and the Dutch club’s youth coach Ronald de Boer suggested Van de Beek should consider requesting a loan or a permanent transfer before the European Championship.
Holland have qualified for their first major tournament since the World Cup in 2014 and Van de Beek is poised to start as the playmaker in Frank de Boer’s side.
Van de Beek has lined up twice for United in the Premier League and was substituted at half-time in their 3-1 win at West Ham last month. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer understands Ronald de Boer’s concern and has spoken with Van de Beek to reassure him.
“I’ve answered this question so many times and there’s so many examples of players needing a little bit of time,” Solskjaer said. “Quality players, we have many examples ourselves and there are other clubs with examples and sometimes it takes time.
“You don’t expect people who care for him to be quiet at times, especially when they want the best for them. Donny is going to play tomorrow, it’s another chance for him. And, yes, I’ve spoken to him and made him aware of how much we rate him but he will play tomorrow and it’s a good chance again for him to kick on.”
Brandon Williams will be in the United squad for their FA Cup third round tie at home to Watford amid his desire to join a Premier League club on loan this month. Williams, 20, has not started in the league since March and his last start this term was in the Carabao Cup on September 30.
Williams broke into the United squad last season at left-back but has dropped down the pecking order following the signing of Alex Telles. Williams is right-footed and United lack a standout competitor for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.
“With the signing of Alex and the form of Luke, he’s not really had a look-in at left-back this season,” Solskjaer acknowledged. “Last season, I think he played in all three semis, in the Europa League, FA Cup and the Carabao Cup, and he had a great rise or a great first season.
“This season has been more difficult for him. I think he’s put his head down and worked really hard lately. He will be involved tomorrow, he’s in the squad. He has shown me that he has the desire to fight through this.
“That’s the biggest thing, when you find your first big contract, you do well, can you bounce back after not being in the team much after not being in the team as much?
“Brandon has shown that lately so hopefully he will just keep carrying on as he does. He knows my view on it, he knows my view on him and we believe in the boy.”