By Noel Whelan

11th Sep, 2021 | 8:00pm

Solskjaer have avoided 'biggest mistake ever' at Man United after Van de Beek reveal - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed allowing Donny van de Beek to leave Manchester United would have been the “biggest mistake” of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s career.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 24-year-old is still a valuable member of the squad at Old Trafford.

Speaking to Ziggo Sport, as quoted by the Athletic, Van de Beek’s agent Guido Albers revealed he held talks with Everton over a late-window switch.

However, Solskjaer and Manchester United blocked any potential move.

The midfielder has been on the periphery at Old Trafford and Albers suggested Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival could impact his chances further.

Whelan admitted the competition is fierce in Salford.

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However, he claims letting Van de Beek go could have been a huge mistake.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Right now it’s a tough ask to get into that Manchester United midfield.

“With that, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer realises it’s a long campaign when you’re in every single competition and you’re fighting for the league title.

“You’re going to need every player at your disposal. You have to rotate quite a lot through different stages of the season with different cup competitions as well. You want to be successful in all of them.

“You’ve got to cover yourself for injuries and suspensions. You can’t just let players of that ability leave even though they’ve not been full-on part of the first team.

“You’ve got to cover your back. God forbid Man United do get three injuries and you’ve let this player go out on loan. It’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made.

“You’ve got to be sensible about what you’re in. They’re in every single cup competition, they’re pushing to win the Premier League this year

“There’s lots and lots of games. The chances are they will need to rotate in some of these games.”

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