Manchester United Facing Fierce Competition In Pursuit Of Eredivisie Midfielder: Is He Worth The Fight?

Manchester United facing fierce competition for Van de Beek who is seen in the photo
Donny van de Beek of The Netherlands battles for the ball with Ruben Dias of Portugal during the UEFA Nations League Final between Portugal and the Netherlands at Estadio do Dragao on June 09, 2019 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

In a recent report, Sport has revealed that Manchester United are facing fierce competition in pursuit of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek during this summer transfer window. Barcelona could rival the Red Devils along with Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur in the race to acquire the services of the talented Dutchman in this off-season (via Sport).

Van De Beek’s Remarkable Consistency At Amsterdam In Recent Seasons

The Nijkerkerveen-born player had another fruitful season at the Johan Cruijff ArenA as he produced a series of awe-inspiring performances as the chief playmaker in Erik ten Hag’s starting XI. He ended the last campaign with ten goals and 11 assists to his name in various competitions.

Van de Beek enjoyed a rich vein of form at both ends of the pitch based on his average of 2.1 shots, 0.9 interceptions, 1.8 shots, 1.7 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per game in European football and the Dutch Eredivisie last season. He was also quite efficient when distributing the ball from midfield after he made 82.2% of his attempted passes in the Dutch top tier (stats via whoscored).

The 23-year-old has arguably been the best player at Amsterdam over the past few seasons, so he deserves a chance at a top European club this summer which might enable him to hit top gear and win some major silverware in the years to come.

Manchester United facing fierce competition for Van de Beek who is in action in the picture
Ajax’s Dutch midfielder Donny Van de Beek controls the ball the Europa League round of 32 football match between Getafe CF and Ajax Amsterdam at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe on February 20, 2020. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will The Dutch Midfielder Add To Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Team?

Van de Beek is a multi-purpose midfielder and usually loves playing in a box to box role at the centre of the park. The nine-time Dutch international has shown consistent numbers over the past couple of seasons by scoring and creating his fair share of goals for Ajax in the final third. He has proven himself to be a great orchestrator of goal-scoring chances and is a potent goal-threat from long range as he can strike the ball with incredible power.

Is Van De Beek Worth The Fight For Man United?

Solskjaer has currently got the likes of Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Fred, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira fighting for a central midfield place at Old Trafford. Van de Beek will arguably be an upgrade over any of his midfield options including Pogba, who has been lacklustre with his performances in recent times.

Therefore, the Ajax star is well-worth the fight as he will add a lot of goals and creativity to Solskjaer’s first-team and could even help the Red Devils close the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City at the pinnacle of Premier League football. Plus, he has been a top performer in Europe over the past couple of years which makes him an ideal choice for Man United on their return to the Champions League next season.

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