"I'm a patient person, but of course you go there to play as much as possible.”
Donny van de Beek’s diplomatic view on his frustrating start to life at Manchester United career, highlights the kind of character Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed in the summer.
Despite splashing the cash on the Ajax star, the United boss is yet to hand the Dutchman a start in the Premier League, with most of his impact coming in the cup competitions.
But while the player himself remains patient, the calls for Solskjaer to put him in his starting XI continue to grow.
The Norwegian has a rich array of midfield talents and is yet to discover his best combination in the centre of the park.
But one near-certainty has remained. When Bruno Fernandes plays, he will be the man tasked with providing the attacking threat from midfield.
31 goals involvements since January suggest that is a prudent approach, but there are still question marks over whether Fernandes is a true number 10.
Mauro Borghetti, who helped scout a 17-year-old Fernandes back in 2012, believes his best position is a bit deeper, as a more traditional midfielder.
Borghetti told Football Italia: "He played in the middle of the field, mostly as mezzala but in some situations closer to the strikers. He had great qualities to play in the middle of the field. He is a little more of an offensive midfielder now, but he has qualities to play in every position in the middle of the park.”
He spent much of his time with Sporting in a deeper-lying role and compatriot Carlos Carvalhal suggests he is the kind of player that could bring the organisation that United crave.
"He (Fernandes) is not a number 10," Carvalhal told Sky Sports back in February. "He is a midfielder but he has developed that ability to break the line of the defence to score goals.
“He shoots, he assists, the passes and the free-kicks. But he is not a 10, he is an 8. He is a box-to-box player who understands very well the game. He doesn't just play. He understands everything that happens around him.
"He can organise the team, he can talk, he can give feedback.. He is kind of like a manager on the pitch. He can organise things in the last part of the pitch. He is a really exciting player."
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And if Solskjaer was to allow Fernandes to become the conductor in the Red Devils’ midfield, it would allow Van de Beek to fill his most preferred role.
"I play everywhere on the midfield," Van de Beek said earlier this season.
"Last season I changed a lot, sometimes a number 6, number 8, number 10. It doesn't matter so much, but I think one of my strengths is to come in the box and score goals, making assists.
"If you have this freedom then you can play everywhere I think. The balance always has to be good in the team, you have to play smart."
Van de Beek’s attitude has made Solskjaer’s job a lot easier in the opening months of the season. But a switch for Fernandes could be the key to finally solving his midfield conundrum.
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