Man Utd benchwarmer Van de Beek insists he 'can add something to the team' and admits he 'would have liked to play more'

DONNY VAN DE BEEK has insisted he can 'add something' to Manchester United's starting XI after starring for Holland.

The Dutch international – who scored in the 1-1 draw with Spain on Wednesday – joined Old Trafford in a £39million move from Ajax in the summer.

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The transfer was met by a backlash from pundits – with Patrice Evra slamming the move and Marco van Basten suggesting Van de Beek will regret it.

Van de Beek has been left frustrated after failing to start a Premier League game – coming off the bench five times, scoring in the 4-1 win over Newcastle.

But the attacking midfielder has revealed he is content in Manchester – and is keen to prove he deserves a starting spot.

Van de Beek told Dutch outlet NOS: "It sounds like a cliche for me to say this…

"Of course I would have liked to play more, but I really enjoy being in a nice team.

"I have been received very well and helped by everyone.

"I’m a patient person but of course you go there to play as much as possible.

"I also think in the minutes that I have played, in the times that I have come in, I have shown that I can add something to the team."

Van de Beek also confirmed he'd had words with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – with the boss asking him to show patience.

The Dutchman continued: "[He said] that I have to be patient.

"But also [he said] that I just have to continue with what I have been doing.

"[He said] he’s seen that I have a good impact when I come on to the pitch.

"My time is definitely coming. And when those opportunities come, I have to be there."

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink recently hit out at Solskjaer for his tactics – saying it's 'not the Man Utd way' to field two defensive midfielders.

Hasselbaink wants United to ditch the 4-2-3-1 and play a 4-3-3, which could open the door for Van de Beek to start, if they ever want to win the Premier League again.

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