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Any Manchester United fan concerned about Donny van de Beek’s plight could be reassured by the latest reports on the Dutchman’s current state of mind after a difficult first season at Old Trafford.
According to the TimesVan de Beek would have expected this slow introduction to the team, as the former Ajax player had to settle for being an unused substitute in a host of games this period.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly let Van de Beek know that this kind of adjustment period was likely when he convinced him to move to Man Utd instead of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the summer, according to the Times.
The 23-year-old is said to have built a strong relationship with Solskjaer, and that convinced him to choose United over those other two European giants despite having to wait for his chance.
Van de Beek shined for Ajax and it’s clear he could have been a good signing for elite teams like Real or Bayern, and MUFC fans now just hope they don’t end up wasting their talent.
Solskjaer might be gambling a bit with Van de Beek, but it could also be something worthwhile in the long run.
Jurgen Klopp has sometimes done something similar with new signings at Liverpool, and Fabinho in particular took some time to enter the starting eleven before becoming one of the club’s biggest players.