Donny van de Beek is enjoying being back at Manchester United under former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag after a difficult campaign last year.
The 25-year-old, who played under Ten Hag during their time together in Amsterdam, was the only Red Devils player to feature in all six of our pre-season friends.
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Having joined Frank Lampard’s Everton on loan for the remainder of the campaign on the last day of the January window, the Netherlands international only made seven appearances for the Toffees having struggled with injuries.
Van de Beek enjoying being back at Manchester United
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Having been signed from the reigning Eredivisie champions for £35m in September, United’s number 34 has made 50 appearances for the club, but he has only started four Premier League matches.
Van de Beek’s last Premier League start for the Reds was on the last day of the 2020-21 season at Wolves.
The box-to-box midfielder didn’t start for the Reds in the top-flight last season and he scored the last goal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign having come off the bench in the 4-1 defeat to Watford in November.
Even without the arrival of his former Ajax teammate Frenkie de Jong, Van de Beek is challenging for a place in Ten Hag’s midfield with the likes of Scott McTominay, Fred, Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen and James Garner.
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Reuniting with his former boss, Van de Beek has told the club’s website how the team is raring to go for the new campaign and how he’s enjoying being back at Carrington.
”We can’t wait,” began our no.34. “We had a tough pre-season and trained so hard and worked so hard.
”We are ready now for the league and everyone is excited about it.
”I think we’ve managed to get some great work in and, for me, just being back with the team is great.
”Last season and the last few months were difficult because I was injured and I couldn’t train and play a lot. So it’s really nice to be back and training hard.”
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While Van de Beek will be eager to prove his worth at Old Trafford, the level of his performances and volume of game time he gets under Ten Hag will have a huge bearing on whether he can earn a recall to Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands squad ahead of the winter World Cup in Qatar.
The 19-time Netherlands international hasn’t played under the former Manchester United boss for nearly 18 months and with the World Cup just over three months away, Van de Beek has even greater motivation to rekindle the form he regularly showed at Ajax at the Theatre of Dreams.
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