Donny Van De Beek and Manchester United are Awkward Together

Donny Van De Beek and Manchester United are Awkward Together
Donny van de Beek, Manchester United. Photo credit: Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA

Ajax starlet Donny van de Beek and Manchester United appear to be an awkward fit.

Ajax are on the verge of selling their latest hot property to the Red Devils for 40 million pound, reported [the Mirror][1], but it appears to be a match made in purgatory, not heaven.

Still Good

It would be a decent deal but that’s because Donny van de Beek is a good player. With 159 appearances, 40 goals and 34 assists, this is a player who can get in the final third and make a real impact.

But don’t Manchester United already have that sort of player?


Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are already in the side, and are doing that sort of job. Take away all the penalties and you’ve still got a good player in Fernandes, who really hit the ground running when he signed for the Red Devils in January.

Shoehorning all three into the same side would take some serious creative accounting from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who would risk disrupting the fabric of his whole system to start with those three midfielders.

He needs to play a holding man in his preferred line up, but that security will need to be sacrificed or one of their three starting forwards will need to drop down to the bench.


There’s no way he’s going to drop Pogba or Fernandes either. Pogba because of who he is, what he can do and the money he earns, and Fernandes because he’s the new golden boy firing ammunition at Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.

Their attack looks so settled as Solskjaer hardly rotated at all. The failed Cardiff City manager clearly wants to bring in someone else ahead of the season, which starts in two weeks, but spending big on another midfielder in the mould of Pogba and Fernades doesn’t seem to fit well.


While it’s true that you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs, the amount of eggs that’ll be broken compared to the size and the quality of the omelette just doesn’t make sense.[1]:

Russell hughes
Sports Pundit staff writer @rusty_hughes
I’m a cricket, rugby union and football writer based in Wellington but with one foot in South Africa and England

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