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Donny van de Beek wants to prove he is up to the challenge

By Harry Smith

Donny van de Beek wants to prove he is up to the challenge

After being loaned out last season, Donny van de Beek might finally have the chance to play more under Erik ten Hag

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Probably the player that got more excited after the appointment of Erik ten Hag as the new Manchester United manager back in July was Donny van de Beek. The midfielder has lived a nightmare ever since he arrived from Ajax back in 2020 as he has not played as much as he would like. This may be his chance to prove everyone wrong.

Donny’s best moment in his career came at Ajax while being managed by Erik ten Hag, as he was a crucial part of the system. He played with freedom in the middle of the pitch while complementing Frenkie de Jong and Lasse Schøne. He would play as a ‘box to box’ midfielder helping the defense but also touching the opposition’s box by surprise to score goals.

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‘DVB’ really impressed Manchester United’s board, as they decided to sign him for almost 40 million euros. However, it seemed like he was not of the liking of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who was the manager at the time. During one and a half years under Ole, he stayed the majority of the matches sitting on the bench and only came up for a few minutes per game.

This January, he was loaned out to Everton on a six-month deal, where he finished the season. He came back in June after the deal expired and is more excited than ever for this new chapter as he told Man Utd media: “Just being back with the team is great. Last season was difficult, so it’s really nice to be back and training hard”.

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After the exists of players in his position like Nemanja Matić and Paul Pogba, van de Beek might be looking at a twist of luck. He already knows ten Hag’s philosophy so him being on the pitch in the first games might help the team to adapt faster to the new manager’s idea.

 

 


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