The Dutchman is yet to start in the Premier League following his £40million arrival from Ajax in August but he’s been selected for both of United’s Carabao Cup fixtures in the last week.
Van De Beek can play in all three positions in central midfield but he started as a no.10 in a 3-0 win against Brighton on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old then moved to the left wing when Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford were introduced from the bench and the Dutchman was able to find pockets between the midfield and the forward line.
It resulted in United’s second goal of the night, when Van de Beek laid on a sublime assist for Juan Mata to effectively book United’s path into the quarter-finals.
Asked whether Van De Beek could play from the left given the competition in midfield, Solskjaer replied: ‘Of course! He has got a very high football intelligence. Tactically he has gone through the Ajax system and Dutch football is very tactical.
‘He knows football and in all the conversations I’ve had with him you can tell he’s got his head screwed on. He’s a different type of left-sided player from Daniel James and Marcus Rashford of course but coming inside, finding good pockets, making good runs- why not?
‘I think he can play in many different positions, which is a strength in a player. I can remember myself sometimes playing in the right wing, centre forward, 10 and I think Donny is one of those that the coach would want to have in the squad.’
Solskjaer made ten changes from Saturday’s win against the Seagulls but brought on the likes of Pogba and Rashford to give the pair extra minutes, as the Red Devils barely had a pre-season.
The Frenchman opened his account for the season with a deflected strike, while Rashford looked sharper than in previous weeks.
United hope to have captain Harry Maguire fit for Sunday as the defender missed the win against Brighton with a knock.