The Netherlands international moved to Old Trafford earlier this summer after United beat off competition from the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid to complete his £35.7million signing.
It has been far from a straightforward introduction to life in the Premier League for the 23-year-old, whose only starts so far have come in the Carabao Cup. Van de Beek marked his debut with a goal in the opening day defeat against Crystal Palace, but has otherwise played a bit-part role so far.
Anthony Martial’s suspension following his sending-off against Tottenham earlier this month, meanwhile, has provided Solskjaer with yet another early season headache.
With Odion Ighalo struggling for form and Edinson Cavani not available for selection yet following his deadline day arrival as he continues to follow coronavirus quarantine protocols, Marcus Rashford is likely to be deployed as a central striker against Newcastle, opening up a spot on United’s left wing.
Van de Beek is nominally a central midfielder, but Solskjaer has already hinted one of his new signings might be asked to play in an unfamiliar position to help out a team short on attacking options.
According to the MEN, Van de Beek ‘will play wherever the coach needs him’ in an attempt to force his way in Solskjaer’s long-term plans and force his way up the manager’s pecking order.
Guido Albers told Inside Futbol: ‘After calls with the coach and the approach of Manchester United it felt good and therefore he made the choice for United.
‘No [a move to Serie A was] not close. They [kept themselves] informed before corona, but after corona it was quiet from Italy.
‘Two years ago AS Roma were really interested, but at that time Donny was not ready to go to Italy. Mr. Monchi and Mr. Balzaretti had a good plan with him.’