Manchester United playmaker Donny van de Beek turns 24 years today 18 April and will aim to mark a successful birthday with a win over Burnley. Although the Dutchman is yet to assert himself as a first-team star at Manchester United but deserves more time to prove his ability at Old Trafford.
Van de Beek is celebrating his first birthday as a Manchester United star on Sunday, having turned 24-years-old. While the Dutch playmaker has not had a memorable season at the United, only getting a handful of Premier League starts and being reduced to a bench role – there is still confidence all around that he should come good eventually.
Next season, especially, will be a big one for the former Ajax star player, and here are a few things to note about why he should succeed in the 2021-22 season.
Better Adaptation To United System
According to experts, the root of Van de Beek’s problems at Old Trafford is not even his own. Instead, the philosophy that he’s been made to follow since he was a young boy. Donny learned how to play football and joined the Ajax academy at the age of 9, where he spent over a decade.
At Ajax, a certain style of football is religiously followed across all age groups, which makes the players efficient in keeping possession and moving the ball forward with swift, timely passes.
However, things have been different at United since his arrival, where the tempo of the attacks is much quicker and dependent on those swift breaks. Van de Beek, thus, is still getting used to these blistering counter-attacks and working on his speed and ability to carve out chances to excel at United.
More Game-Time To Come For The Dutchman
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already insisted that Van de Beek should receive more game-time going forward and once properly integrated into the system, he should start more games next season. Moreover, Donny was brought on as a possible Paul Pogba replacement. So should the Frenchman leave, Van de Beek is in line to play in his role going forward.
A perfect example at United is Fred, who is already well-honed to the intensity of the Premier League and now gets a flurry of opportunities.
So, it is good to be positive about Donny van de Beek’s stint so far at Manchester United, and as the Dutchman marks his 24th birthday today, let’s hope for better seasons to come for him.
Once again, Happy Birthday Donny van de Beek!