United completed their £40 million deal to sign the Netherlands international from Ajax last week.
Van de Beek ended his time at Ajax with a record of 28 goals and 24 assists in 118 Eredivisie appearances, while reports have claimed that Solskjaer is keen to play the 23-year-old in an advanced position for United.
And the United manager is confident his latest signing will improve United’s attacking threat.
‘When we signed Bruno Fernandes, we knew we needed that kind of player, now we’ve signed Donny and he’s a type of player I felt we needed in the squad,’ Solskjaer told BBC Radio 5 Live.
‘He’s the type of person that will fit the culture, fit the team and will improve us next season and for years to come.
‘Donny is a versatile player, a very intelligent, clever player.
‘He’s got loads of energy, enthusiasm, developing all the time.
‘He scores goals and we need to add goals from midfield.
‘He’ll add his creativity, his reading of the game, his understanding of the game. He can see space and arrive at the right time.
‘The timing of his movement is fantastic.’