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10-Sep-2020, 11:59 am

'Van de Beek headbutted my centre-back!' - Solskjaer reveals 2015 clash with new Man Utd signing

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer/Donny van de Beek Manchester United 2020-20

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he's been keeping an eye on new signing Donny van de Beek since 2015 after a memorable Europa League clash.

Solskjaer was in charge of Norwegian clubMolde at the time when his side took on Eredivisie giantsAjax, who boasted a young Van de Beek in midfield.

Just a month after making his senior debut, the Dutchman headed home his first career goal as heopened the scoring against Molde in a fiery group clash that ended 1-1.

While Van de Beek wasjust a teenager at the time andstill looking to secure regular first-team football,Solskjaer notedthat his newest signing at Old Trafford left quite an impression.

"The first goal he scored was against me andmy Moldeteam 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."

Though the Red Devils continue to pursue a deal for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, Solskjaer believes their acquisition of Van de Beek will be key as he brings a new edge to their midfield.

"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.He's the type of person that will fit the culture, fit the team and improve us next season and for years to come," Solskjaer said.

"He's a versatile player, a very intelligent player, he's got loads of energy, enthusiasm, developing all the time. He scores goals and we need to add those from midfield. We need goals throughout the squad because we didn't score enough last season to be challenging at the top.

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