02 Feb 2022 | 13:14
Van de Beek was a famous player when he joined Manchester United for around £35m in 2020 but has never been a major player for the club, first under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and now Now it’s Ralf Rangnick. As a result, he was loaned to Everton for the remainder of the season.
There have been analyzes of why Donny cannot shine as he did in the 2018/2019 season. After the midfielder arrived at Everton, former player Jaap Stam pointed out that his compatriot did not adapt to the Premier League despite being here for a year and a half: “With his qualities, Donny is a perfect fit. “It’s good for Ajax and the Eredivisie. But Donny doesn’t understand United’s style of play. Hopefully he’ll start his performances again at Everton.”
However, like many others, Stam believes Van de Beek is not playing in the right position at Old Trafford and the former United defender believes the Red Devils would benefit from using him in a box-to-box role: The manager had to make the choice to put him in one of two defensive midfielders so that he could assist in building play and also move forward, for example, alongside Scott McTominay and below. Bruno Fernandes.”
“Donny worked hard, ran a lot, and tackled the ball well. You can change the way you play with him. He has the characteristics necessary to play box-to-box. Only he was not awarded. such a role.”
Stam, who helped United win the treble during his time at Old Trafford from 1998 to 2001, still thinks there is a chance for Van de Beek to succeed with the red shirt side, believing the instability in recent times at the club damaged Van de Beek’s chances of progress: ” The lack of philosophy and the coaches without ideas is the problem here. It has harmed Van de Beek, because he really has the qualities to be successful at Manchester United in the long run.”
Everton will return to the pitch this weekend with an FA Cup tie. Van de Beek’s time at Merseyside will be an opportunity for the Red Devils and fans to see a midfielder with the technical and intelligent play they have come to expect.