Roy Keane supports Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to start Donny van de Beek against Southampton.
The summer signing from Ajax has been handed his first Premier League start on the South Coast, having only made six appearances off the bench in the league so far this season.
His lack of football has prompted questions from some, with legendary Dutch figure Marco van Basten recently questioning why the 23-year-old moved to Old Trafford.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Keane argued Van De Beek’s midfield rivals had not done enough when given the chance and that Solskjaer was still trying to find a balance in the middle of the pitch.
The former United captain said: “He’s only been at the club two minutes, but when you look at some of the other midfielders’ performances, in some of the games where United have been really poor, he deserves his chance.
“He’s got quality, and they need it today, because I think the Southampton midfield are full of energy, so it’s a nice test for him. He’s a good player, and he deserves the chance to start the game.
“I think Ole’s finding it hard to get that balance right. Who’s to say they’re not going with a diamond? I think he’s been mixing and matching to try and get the consistency into the team. It’s been difficult with one or two injuries, but I’m intrigued today.”