Man Utd: 'Unhappy' £35m star 'could flourish under Ten Hag' at Old Trafford

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Donny van de Beek could “flourish” under the guidance of Erik Ten Hag at Manchester United, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 19-cap Netherlands international is currently on loan at Everton but he will return to Old Trafford at the end of the season, which will see him reunite with his former Ajax manager.

What’s the latest news involving Van de Beek?

With his United opportunities almost non-existent following his £35m move from Ajax in 2020, the midfielder was loaned out to Everton in January.

Van de Beek started just four Premier League games in his 18 months as a United player, with neither Ole Gunnar Solskjaer nor Ralf Rangnick taking a liking to him.

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The 25-year-old already beat that tally in his first six weeks at Goodison Park, starting five of the first six games following his arrival, before a thigh problem has kept him sidelined since the middle of March.

Despite his recent setback, Van de Beek’s run in the team has at least given him a regular taste of Premier League football, which should leave him in good stead for his return to Old Trafford ahead of next season.

What did O’Rourke say about Van de Beek?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “Donny Van de Beek has had an unhappy time since his big money arrival from Ajax, so he will be hoping for a fresh start under Ten Hag.

I’m sure he’s one player who could flourish under his regime.”

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Will Van de Beek get a chance under Ten Hag?

Van de Beek’s Manchester United career has been forgetful, but that could be about to change once Ten Hag starts work.

During their two full seasons together at Ajax, Van de Beek played some of the best football of his career, registering 23 goals and 28 assists in 94 games across 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, as the Dutch giants won the Eredivisie title, the KNVB Cup and reached the Champions League semi-finals.

Furthermore, his hopes of establishing himself as a regular at United should be helped by the departure of Nemanja Matic and potential exits of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, who are both out of contract and expected to leave.

There’s no guarantee that linking up with Ten Hag will save Van de Beek’s United career but playing under someone who he’s had success with previously should give him every chance of rediscovering his best form.

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