Man Utd new boy Donny van de Beek tipped to have key Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba impact
Manchester United new boy Donny van de Beek has been backed to be a ‘great addition’ to the squad following his arrival from Ajax.
On Wednesday, United completed their first signing of the summer by acquiring the Dutch midfielder from Ajax.
In the past three seasons, Van de Beek has scored 40 goals and will now provide an added attacking dimension to United’s midfield.
With Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes already assured of a place in the three-man midfield, it remains to be seen how Van de Beek will fit into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield.
But former Liverpool and England midfielder Jamie Redknapp has no concerns about Van de Beek’s quality and insists his arrival will allow extra rest for the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in what promises to be a hectic campaign.
“Van de Beek is a great addition and I think he will prove to be a great signing for Manchester United,” he told Sky Sports.
“In the current climate, the transfer fee doesn’t seem extortionate either.
“He’s an exciting player and one that knows the game.
“He learned the right way at Ajax, where the basics of football is instilled at a very young age. The game is easy for him.
“He will also be a great addition to the squad, one that means United can rotate in midfield, keep players fresh and ensure there is quality in all areas.”
Meanwhile, former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has penned an open letter to supporters, calling on them to support Van de Beek.
“Dear Manchester United fans, I hope you’re doing well,” the Ajax CEO said.
“It seems our paths have crossed again. One of ours is joining you this season. And like so many players before him, he’s been with us since he was just a little boy.
“Shortly after his debut, he became one of our best. Especially the last couple of years were amazing. From the Europa League final (no hard feelings) to our Champions League run and winning the Dutch championship.
“The team he was part of showed the world who we are and what Ajax stands for.
“Like you, we pride ourselves on being one of the best at developing talent and giving young players a shot at the highest level. You could say your new star is the embodiment of that pride.
“That’s one of the many reasons we don’t like to see him leave, but we understand it’s time for him to move on. To dream on.
“And where better to do so than in your theatre. Trust me, I know. Please take good care of our Donny, and help him dream. Enjoy the future.”
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