Donny van de Beek: What Manchester United Fans Should Expect

AMSTERDAM, Ajax - FC Emmen, 10-08-2019, football, Dutch Eredivisie, Season 2019-2020, Johan Cruyff Arena, Ajax player Donny van de Beek (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)

Donny van de Beek is set to become a Manchester United player soon.

Reports indicate that the midfielder has agreed personal terms with Manchester United and will complete a medical in the coming days ahead of a move from Ajax for £40 million, plus £4 million in add-ons.

The deal is expected to be completed in the next few days while the player is on international duty with the Netherlands.

Van de Beek had also been linked to top clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Prior to his reported move to Manchester United, Van de Beek was left out of Ajax’s squad over the weekend for a friendly against Frankfurt and Union Berlin.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 12: Donny Van de Beek of Ajax celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Eredivisie match between Ajax and Utrecht at Johan Cruyff Arena on May 12, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Ajax head coach, Erik ten Hag confirmed Van de Beek’s future at the club was up in the air and a key reason behind his omission.

“Agreements have been made about a possible transfer, and if that possibility arises, you must also co-operate,” he said.

Van de Beek has spent five seasons in Ajax’s first team, making close to 200 appearances in all competitions for the Amsterdam outfit.

He join Ajax’s youth academy in August 2014, rose through the ranks and made his first-team debut as a teenager in November 2015 during a Europa League encounter with Celtic.

The 23-year-old was one of Ajax’s best players when they reached the semi-finals of the 2018/19 Champions League.

He scored 8 Eredivisie goals and provided 5 assists in the coronavirus-hit 2019/20 season, while he managed 10 goals across all competitions.

Donny van de Beek’s season by season performance (credit Sky Sports)

According to Sky Sports’ Charlotte Mash, Van de Beek is a very versatile midfielder, and can operate in a central or attacking role and has also been described as the classic box-to-box midfielder.

“He has the ability to play anywhere across the middle – a trait that will only increase his value – and as well as being that vital link between defence and attack, he is more offensively minded than other central midfield players.”

“He has developed that special talent of making late runs into the area to latch onto forward passes, catching out even the most astute of defenders. But he is also not afraid of sitting deep and doing the hard work when he needs to,” Charlotte Mash added.

According to, Van de Beek makes an average of two tackles per game in the Eredivisie – the fourth highest in the Ajax squad – and can help out in a more defensive role when needed.

Judging by his performances and work rate, it is right to say that Manchester United will have a great player in Donny van de Beek

Below is a video of Van de Beek’s best skills, goals and assists in the 2019/20 season:


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