The Dutchman signed from Ajax for £40m and looked to be a shrewd piece of business.
A relative snippet at £40m for a player with proven Champions League pedigree uplifted the fans for a while.
But his continued absence from the starting line-up has eroded that joy.
The midfielder has yet to start a Premier League game this season, a decision that baffles people – especially considering the shoddy form the Red Devils have exhibited at times.
However, Solskjaer is right – Van de Beek should not be starting games for United.
At least, not right now, the time will come – but it should not be right now.
This is set to be a season like no other for every club in the Premier League, a condensed list of fixtures that will no doubt be full of freak results and hazardous injuries.
Van de Beek turned 23 in April, has always been with Ajax and is used to one playing system.
Over the summer, he left Holland and moved to Manchester in the midst of a pandemic, one that is hitting the north particularly harder than other regions.
It would be fair to assume that the young man needs some time to get settled into a new environment – and that the added pressure of Premier League fixtures would only exacerbate that period.
And that is another problem – the aura around United is hardly positive, expecting Van de Beek to make an immediate impact will added unwanted stress.
Arguably, it can be admitted that the last midfielder to join made such an impact that it catapulted the Red Devils to Champions League qualification in Bruno Fernandes.
But an example of Liverpool also provides reason why Solskjaer is right to restrict Van de Beek’s game-time.
Fabinho joined from Monaco in 2018 and big things were expected of him – but it took months before the Brazilian broke into the first-team as a regular.
It can be argued that the 27-year-old is now one of Jurgen Klopp’s most important players.
Fans should be patient with Van de Beek – and Solskjaer – because this will be a long season.
The Netherlands international will no doubt be a stalwart in no time, he is simply too good not to, but rushing him will help no-one.