van de Beek and Ten Hag

Erik picks out Donny's key strength

Thursday 14 July 2022 04:19

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Erik ten Hag has outlined where he feels Donny van de Beek's best position is.

The Dutchmen have been reunited at Old Trafford this summer, with Erik of course having been Donny's manager at Ajax between 2017 and 2020, prior to the midfielder's transfer.

Van de Beek spent the second half of 2021/22 on loan with Everton, but has been working hard under the new boss in pre-season and was named in United's travelling squad for Tour 2022 to Thailand and Australia last week.

With Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata all departing over the summer, there are opportunities in the Reds' midfield and Erik was asked by a journalist whether he saw him as a deeper sitter or a more attacking midfielder.

Press conference in full | United v Victory Video

Press conference in full | United v Victory

Erik ten Hag and Marcus Rashford spoke to the media at Melbourne's AAMI Park, ahead of our second tour game...

"He can do both. I know that from the past,” Ten Hag said at his press conference in Melbourne, prior to the match against A-League side Victory.

“But his best position, his best capability is in the box of the opponent.

“Playing short behind the striker, he has a really good smell of being in the right position.”

Donny played the second half of Tuesday's 4-0 win over Liverpool in Bangkok, in a more advanced position ahead of youngsters Charlie Savage and Zidane Iqbal.

He'll be hoping to feature from the start in our second game of Tour 2022, which you can watch live on MUTV...


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