Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on RB Leipzig Challenge & Donny van de Beek's Importance

Adam Aladay
Oct 27, 2020, 4:30 PM GMT
Man Utd host RB Leipzig on Wednesday
Man Utd host RB Leipzig on Wednesday | OLI SCARFF/Getty Images
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has discussed the importance of squad depth among other topics, as well as providing a team news update ahead of his side's clash with RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

The Red Devils will be looking to build on their impressive 2-1 away win against Paris Saint-Germain in their opening Champions League group game when they host RB Leipzig on Wednesday. The Bundesliga outfit also picked up all three points in their first game, a 2-0 win over İstanbul Başakşehir.

Ahead of Wednesday's game, Solskjaer has now provided a team news update, as well as discussing the threat Leipzig pose, Donny van de Beek and those links to Dayot Upamecano...

Ole on United's Team News & Squad Depth

“It’s more or less the same squad,” Solskjaer told reporters at his press conference on Tuesday, as quoted by Man Utd's official website. “There are a couple of doubts, as you normally have after a weekend game, a tight game as we had against Chelsea. I think we’ve more or less the same squad.

On the subject of rotation in midfield, he added: “It’s going to be a long season. Of course, the depth of our squad is better now.

“It’s hard to leave players out like the last game with Donny, Nemanja and Paul to start on the bench, as midfielders they are all experienced international footballers. It’s not easy but then, as I’ve said, we have so many games this season, they are all going to play a big, massive part in different periods of the season. I don’t think anyone is able to play all of them."

Ole on Donny van de Beek

Van De Beek has had to be patient
Van De Beek has had to be patient | Alex Pantling/Getty Images

“Donny, when he’s played, has played really well," Ole said (via United's official website), when probed about summer signing Van de Beek, who has thus far been a peripheral figure.

“It says a lot about our depth of quality in the squad that we don’t have to use him in every single game because we have other players as well. Also, I think it says everything about our ambitions as we want to push to challenge for trophies this season. You know, Donny is going to play a big, big part this year.

"Donny is very, very important for us. Don’t worry about that.”

Ole on RB Leipzig's Threat & Dayot Upamecano

Nagelsmann's men picked up all three points in their opening Champions League group game
Nagelsmann's men picked up all three points in their opening Champions League group game | Boris Streubel/Getty Images

"They are a club that has come up through the ranks very impressively and almost improved every season," Ole remarked, quoted by the Manchester Evening News. "Last season, third in the Bundesliga, they've started really well, got to the semi-finals and are really going for the big trophies.

"You have a young, proactive, interesting coach to watch who's very adaptable and with players who've got high energy, high tempo, all in all, they've been very interesting to follow the last few years."

On Upamecano, he added: "There’s always rumours and speculation about other players and Manchester United. I don’t want to comment on every player we’re linked to.

"But since we’re playing against him...he’s a very good player and we can see him up close tomorrow.”

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