Former Ajax defender, Léon Bergsma, believes Erik ten Hag’s arrival at Man United is the best thing to happen to Donny van de Beek.
Manchester United will look like a completely different side in 2021/22, there’s no doubt about that. Erik ten Hag will offer a completely different tactical outlook than what we’ve become accustomed to over the last few years.
With the Dutchman coming in, there may be a dramatic change in terms of playing personnel. Just like Ralf Rangnick preferred Diogo Dalot over Aaron Wan-Bissaka, whereas Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the opposite, Ten Hag will have his own favourites.
One man who’ll no doubt be looking forward to the imminent arrival of their new boss is Donny van de Beek. The Dutchman has been nothing but a disaster for the Old Trafford club this far. He’s currently not faring any better while on loan at Everton.
However, former Ajax youth product, Léon Bergsma believes the struggling 25-year-old will bounce back under Ten Hag. He’s claimed the managerial appointment is the ‘most positive thing’ for Van de Beek – though he’ll still have to force his way into the starting line-up based on his own ability.
Check out what Bergsma had to say here:
“He now has an unfortunate loan spell at Everton because of his injuries,” he told Ajax Showtime.
“The fact that a Dutch coach comes, with whom you have already had a pleasant cooperation, is for him the most positive thing that could happen.
“I expect that he will get more opportunities, although he will have to force them himself, of course.”
This is certainly an intriguing situation. Van de Beek has been truly terrible whenever on the field for United. His confidence is at an all-time low while the injuries he’s suffered at Everton haven’t helped.
Perhaps a new manager at United is the pick-me-up he needed – though nothing can be more important than getting a full pre-season under his belt.
No doubt Van de Beek will be firmly involved in Ten Hag’s plans going into our friendlies this summer. We’ll just have to see he looks in those games before deciding where his future lies ahead of next term.
With Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic leaving, I have to believe that Van de Beek will be given the opportunity to prove us all wrong. He knows the club better than any new signings and he’s already settled in Manchester. The Dutchman should be looked at first, before any new signings in that area are made.
Plus, if Ten Hag can’t get the best out of Van de Beek, then there’s literally no hope left for him here in Manchester.
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