According to writer Steve Bates, who spoke with GIVEMESPORT, Donny van de Beek, who plays in the middle for Manchester United, is “too lightweight” and “doesn’t play with any conviction.”
Van de Beek has not lived up to the expectations that were placed on him when he was acquired by United from Ajax in a move that was for forty million pounds two and a half years ago.
The most recent announcements from Man United concern Donny van de Beek.
When van de Beek arrived to Old Trafford, there were a lot of people who had high hopes for him. A standout for Ajax in their run to the semifinals of the Champions League, van de Beek was widely considered a future star but has yet to make a significant impact with the Red Devils in his professional career.
After signing a five-year contract earning £120,000 per week, van de Beek initially found it difficult to find game time at Old Trafford. During his first season with United, he started only four matches in the Premier League. Van de Beek was immediately passed over as a starter by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite the fact that he made a total of 36 appearances across all competitions in the 2020/21 season. However, 21 of those appearances came from the substitute’s bench.
Such misfortunes continued into the 2021/22 season, during which van de Beek did not start a single match for United in the Premier League. As a result, he was loaned out to Everton during the January transfer window since the Toffees were having trouble staying afloat. After starting five of his first six games at Goodison Park, it appeared as though van de Beek had turned a corner at Everton, but a thigh injury would cut short his run of fine form at the club, causing him to miss the rest of the season.
Despite the fact that van de Beek was only able to make one more appearance for the Toffees, a 53-minute cameo against Arsenal on the final day, there had been optimism surrounding his return to Old Trafford following the appointment of Erik ten Hag, who had previously served as the head coach of Ajax.
Although it was anticipated that van de Beek would flourish under his previous manager at United, it has not gone according to plan for the midfielder so far under ten Hag, as he has once again been frozen out of the squad.
There are some who believe that van de Beek’s mentality may be to blame for some of United’s problems, despite the fact that he was only given the opportunity to start twice in the league while he was playing under ten Hag.
What does Bates have to say about United’s relationship with van de Beek?
In an interview with GMS, journalist Bates voiced his reservations about van de Beek’s physicality, implying that it may not be up to the level required to be successful at Old Trafford.
When asked about it, he stated, “He’s failed to truly stamp his authority on games when he has been given an opportunity.” It turns out that he is not the kind of impact player that you had imagined he would be.
Listen, we are all aware of his extremely strong technical talent, but in my opinion, he has shown himself to be too lightweight for the Premier League, and he does not play with any conviction.
Where does van de Beek’s career go from here at United?
In keeping with his unlucky tenure at United, van de Beek was forced off with an injury during United’s recent victory against Bournemouth. This was just the second league start he’d had all season for van de Beek, who had only started once previously. Van de Beek was seen leaving the Old Trafford ground in tears, and it is now unknown what his future holds.
There were rumours circulating that Donny van de Beek could be shown the door, and in October, 90min published a story stating that Manchester United were inclined to let the midfielder leave the club. According to the source, there is interest from the Premier League, but a move abroad appears to be more likely. The player’s old club Ajax and rivals PSV Eindhoven are also interested in making a move for him.
Despite the fact that this most recent fitness worry may cast doubt on any future move, it appears like van de Beek’s days at Old Trafford are drawing to a close.