Ole Gunnar Solksjaer defended his summer recruit Donny Van De Beek after his disappointing performance in the FA Cup. United won 1-0 against West Ham in the 5th round of FA Cup from a 97th minute goal from Mctominay.
Van De Beek has found it difficult to break into the first team after his transfer from Ajax. However, the United manager decided to give his fringe players a run out in the FA Cup. He has still only started two Premier League games.
Ole praised Dean Henderson’s performance
Van de Beek has, in fairness, started all three of their games in the FA Cup so far. But on the latest of those appearances, he failed to impose himself.
“I thought in the first half, we and Donny played really well. We created spaces and he was part of that. He did his job neat and tidy, had a half chance. In the second half, the whole team fell off a little bit and we just wanted to make a few changes,” said Ole after the match.
Van De Beek was taken off in the 73rd minute for Bruno Fernandes as United pressed for a winner in normal time. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also praised Dean Henderson as he thinks the English keeper is pressing De Gea for the starter’s spot in the XI.
“Today [Henderson] was clearing everything, apart from the last header. As a keeper, David [De Gea] has been used to this for years; to keep concentrated, keep your eye on the ball, then suddenly one moment comes up and you have to make a save. Hopefully that’s the way for many years.”
Manchester United have now won 9 home FA Cup games equaling their all-time record set in 1912. With this win they qualified for the quarter finals of the FA Cup and will know their opponents after the completion of other fixtures.