Man Utd: Donny van de Beek's superb Ajax highlights under Ten Hag

  • Kobe Tong
Van de Beek celebrates for Ajax.

Donny van de Beek must be rubbing his hands together at the prospect of working under Erik ten Hag again.

Having arrived at Old Trafford for £40 million in the summer of 2020, Van de Beek saw his career come to a grinding halt under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with constant spells on the bench.

It’s bonkers to think that a player who was signed as one of Europe’s most exciting young midfielders was swiftly limited to just four Premier League starts in the space of 18 months.

Van de Beek to reunite with Ten Hag

Besides, the situation was made all the more confounding by the fact that Van de Beek always looked impressive on the few occasions that he was actually given time on the pitch for United.

And as the Red Devils fell apart more and more in the latter months of Solskjaer’s tenure, it became increasingly baffling that Van de Beek remained stapled to the bench throughout it all.

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All that led to the situation that we find ourselves in now: Van de Beek playing out on loan for a team in Everton who could well be playing Championship football next season.

However, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel for Van de Beek because he’s set to reunite with his former Ajax boss now that he’s been confirmed as Solskjaer’s permanent replacement.

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Video of Van de Beek under Ten Hag

The 25-year-old played the entirety of the 2018/19 and 2019/20 campaigns under Ten Hag’s stewardship, shining as Ajax famously made their way to the Champions League semi-finals.

As such, it can’t help feeling like the perfect storm at Old Trafford in which Van de Beek can finally make his impact on the Premier League, rediscovering the form that he displayed in Amsterdam.

And just to whet your appetite for Ten Hag and Van de Beek collaborating once again, a brilliant video shared by Twitter user @RealistYahz has shown fans exactly what they can expect.

The moral of the story? Van de Beek played the best football of his career so far with Ten Hag in the dugout, so be sure to check out the United midfielder shining in his Ajax prime down below:

He’s going to be like a new signing for United.

The perfect storm?

There’s literally not a single manager that the Red Devils could have chosen that would have suited Van de Beek better than Ten Hag. It truly is a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card.

With Ten Hag pedalling the philosophy of ‘creating multiple No. 10s,’ Van de Beek could be liberated further up the pitch and finally get the chance to really influence games for United.

Marry that to his capabilities as more of a box-to-box player and there’s just too much evidence to suggest that Ten Hag’s appointment will revitalise his United career not to get excited.

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United fans will finally get the chance to see the Van de Beek they’d been dreaming about.

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