Van de Beek has only started in two of his seven appearances – both in the EFL Cup – and he did not feature in last weekend’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea.
During the news conference building up to Wednesday’s match against RB Leipzig, the Norwegian highlighted that his side would be playing a game every two or three days and that he would need to make use of his whole squad.
Solskjaer added: “It’s nice for some players and commentators to have a little go. I know you’re short on time on television and have to put your point across quickly, but you have to know you don’t have to start the first three games to know you’re an important part of the squad.
“I’d be disappointed if some of my team-mates said I wasn’t important at Manchester United but I didn’t start many games. Donny will be very, very important for us. Don’t worry about that.”
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