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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to sign Donny van de Beek for five years

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he first became aware of Donny van de Beek five years ago when he scored against the Molde team he was managed.

Earlier this month, United completed the signing of Van de Beek from Ajax in a deal worth around £40million.

In the past three seasons, the Dutch midfielder has scored 40 goals in all competitions and will provide Solskjaer and United with more attacking quality alongside Bruno Fernandes.

In 2015, Solskjaer was managing Norweigan side Molde in a Europa League clash with Ajax.

On that day, 18-year-old Van de Beek opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a header before Molde equalised in the 29th minute.

The match would finish in a 1-1 draw but from the touchline, Van de Beek had already earnt himself an admirer.

“The first goal he scored was against me and my Molde team in the Europa League in 2015 – we drew 1-1 at the Amsterdam Arena and he scored a fantastic header,” Solskjaer told the BBC.

“He actually headbutted my centre-back at the time as well, so he was brave. I’ve liked his infectious attitude.

“I’ve spoken to Edwin van der Sar, other players that know him, you just use the people you know and trust to scout that character.

“When someone scores against you, you’ll always remember it…I just remember a cross and he beats my centre-back and it loops over our keeper in the beginning of the game.”

Meanwhile, former United striker Andy Cole says he is excited to see what Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood can do this season after the trio scored 62 goals last season.

“They’re all young and energetic and have got good pace and can score goals,” Cole said.

“I can see them being at Manchester United for many years and hopefully with those guys contributing more goals, and from wide areas, then hopefully, this season, we’ll be up there trying to win some silverware.

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“If you have the opportunity to score goals and contribute towards the team and help your team-mates out, then do it.

“Being at Manchester United, you’ve got to be a team player. It’s not all about you as an individual scoring as many goals as possible, you’ve all got to muck in.

“They [the relationships] are key. And those three look like they have a very good relationship off the pitch as well.

“On the pitch is where it counts. You touched on me and Dwight there – that came from the heavens that partnership.

“I enjoy watching the boys playing up front now, they all look like they enjoy it and they look like they’re very close-knit when they play together now which is great to see.”

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