Every word from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pre-Crystal Palace press conference


In terms of availability for tomorrow, are Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba part of the matchday squad? And a lot of Man United fans and pundits have been wondering: how can you fit Pogba, Fernandes and van de Beek into the same starting XI? Is it something you consider? Can you see three of them starting together in one match?

“Of course the three of them can get start together. Then again, you’ve got Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic, as well, in midfield. So it’s not just about 11 players, or three players, in a squad of football. I’m sure we’ll see them together. I’m not going to tell you if it’s tomorrow or not, but yeah, both Luke and Paul are available for selection for how long we need them.”

Going back to Donny van de Beek, we spoke to him earlier this week, and he said that you noticed him already back in 2015. Can you tell us a little bit more about that, and what was it about him that caught your eye in 2015?

“That was his first goal he scored for Ajax, against Molde in a Europa League game. We hadn’t really prepared for him too much in that game, because he was one of the young and up-and-coming ones. He caught my eye with the way he scored his goal – great timing, got into the box, headed it, got over Joona Toivio – my centre-back – scored a looping header, and they clashed heads. There was loads of blood running down his face and I saw a brave boy but I also saw someone who was clever with his movement. That’s been his career, I have to say, in Ajax. He just developed and developed. You can see his enthusiasm – enthusiasm for football – but you can also see his enthusiasm for space and space into the box, and I think we needed to add goals from midfield. He’s one of those who will definitely give us penetrative runs, runs in behind, clever movements and he’s added to the squad really nicely.”

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