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Solskjaer: ‘Van de Beek’s first senior goal for Ajax was against my team’

Donny van de Beek completed his first training session with Manchester United on Wednesday. The Dutch midfielder was signed from Ajax in a deal worth €40m last week. After his international duty with the Netherlands in the Europa League Van de Beek made his debut for the club at their training ground. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy that the new signing has arrived and he has revealed that he has been following the development of Van de Beek since 2015.

“The first goal he scored was against me and my Molde team in the Europa League in 2015 – we drew 1-1 at the Amsterdam Arena and he scored a fantastic header,” Solskjaer told BBC’s the Football Daily podcast. “He actually headbutted my centre-back at the time as well, so he was brave! I’ve liked his infectious attitude.”

“I’ve spoken to Edwin van der Sar, other players that know him, you just use the people you know and trust to scout that character. When someone scores against you, you’ll always remember it…I just remember a cross and he beats my centre-back and it loops over our keeper in the beginning of the game.” Van de Beek has signed a five-year contract with United and could be making his Premier League debut next week against Crystal Palace.

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