Donny Van de Beek was part of the now legendary Ex Ajax team that shocked europe in the 2019 champions league his move to manchester united was the next logical step in his career’s progression but now Van de Beek is looking for a way out of old trafford after a disappointing first season, what the hell happened to Donny Van de beek?.
The 2018-2019 season was one for dreamers as Ajax once more showed the world what their youth academy and scouting department could do testament to this was the resounding beat down they inflicted on real madrid eliminating the top ucl winner from the competition in the round of 16 with a 5-3 aggregate and a 4-1 triumph at the Bernabéu that team fielded Mathias De Ligt at the back, Tadic and Ziyech up front and a midfield trio of Frenkie De Jong, Schone and Van de Beek.
As it usually goes the XI was sold for parts the next summer Frenkie de jong went to barcelona for around 102 million dollars Ziyech went to Chelsea for 47 million and De Ligt went to Juventus for just over 100 million.
Van de Beek who had controlled the game at the bernabeu was the last to go making his move to the premier league for 46 million it was great business for the Amsterdam club and it was Van de Beek’s chance to show everyone what he could do scoring a goal in his debut against crystal palace.
Now that a full season has come and gone Van de beek sits at the bottom of united’s midfield pecking order behind guys like fred mctominay and matic he’s become a domestic cup player a waste of an incredible player.
The performances are just not there then to be featured in 36 matches across all competitions in his debut campaign but most of them as a substitute.
So far he’s played 511 premier league minutes, we’re talking full matches that would be just 5.67 matches against the big six rivals in the premier league Van de Beek never started a game, he took no part in any of the five away fixtures it’s kind of a telling sign of Solskjaer judgment of the player’s current form bear in mind van de beek was pivotal at Ajax playing 175 matches with 41 goals and 34 assists and that’s really not bad to really determine what happened to this dutch talent at old trafford you’ve got to go a bit deeper
Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Van de Beek has been deployed as a holding midfielder, an attacking midfielder and a left winger a left midfielder and a defensive center.
Everybody knows that both dutch and Ajax players are famous for their capacity to fit into any rolebut this this is a bit much and when you take into account that most of his stats have come in the efl and fa cup, Van de Beek is being used as a filler a multi-purpose player to be used when and how the coach needs him rather than in his ideal role to get the best out of him.
The player himself has given his perspective on this, “they know me because in Ajax they were playing me as a number 10 a lot yeah i can also play as an 8 or a 6”.
Bruno fernandez owns the number 10 position at manchester united, the number 6 is far from his preferred place on the pitch while the number 8 might be perfect for him actually as a box to box midfielder with the freedomto go up the pitch he could excel and prove his doubters wrong but this confession came as a cry for help from the dutchman failing to get a transfer or a loan during the summer that would see him gain more minutes on the pitch.
Van de Beek is sending a clear message “i want more playing time” coming off a poor debut season Van de Beek wasted no time he cut his holiday short and alongside united’s medical staff he focused on drastically changing his body.
Donny chose an elite specialized training center in amsterdam there he followed a personalized nutrition plan and training sessions with the goal to gain lean muscle the premier league is one of the most physical competitions in football and the midfield needs an imposing figure.
It’s up to van de beek to show he can fight for a place in the starting eleven having added new strength to his game “i want to be in this team this year when the moment is there when i get the chance i have to be there that’s important”.
Destroyer or deep line creator? Donny Van de Beek wants to show Ole and the red devils he can be it.