Tribuna.com take a closer look at the Dutchman who is set to complete his move to Old Trafford in the coming days.
- Versatility: Donny van de Beek's arguably major strength is his versatility as the Dutchman is easily deployed in each of three positions in central midfield from a defensive midfielder to an attacking one.
- Attacking mindedness: The Netherlands international is a classic box-to-box midfielder who can create spaces for his teammates and a pretty good finisher - 10 goals and 11 assists in 37 appearances last season. VDB often attacks through the right which would be a massive help for Mason Greenwood (or Jadon Sancho if he joins Man United) next season.
- Awareness: The 23-year-old is a Thomas Muller-esque player in terms of finding space in the final third. As well as the German, Van de Beek excels in that aspect of the game.
- Efficiency: Even though Van de Beek is more of an offensive-minded midfielder, he's not afraid of doing the hard work in defence when needed. As per WhoScored.com, the 23-year-old's feat of tackles per game in the Eredivisie averages to 2 per game.
There are some minor ones but we'd like to talk about VDB's genuine position:
- As things stand now, Bruno Fernandes is United's undisputed no.10 which means that the Van de Beek may struggle to become a regular starter at Old Trafford in no time.
- Ole Gunnar Solkjaer is likely to pair Paul Pogba with Nemanja Matic, rather than VDB, in a double-pivot role - the Dutchman can cover that position but he's not a genuine defensive midfielder despite good numbers of tackles.
- The 23-year-old's versatility could also allow Solskjaer to use him on the right but it's again not his best position.
It's still unclear how Ole is going to solve his midfield conundrum with Matic, Fred, McTominay, Pogba, Bruno, Lingard, Pereira and Van de Beek on board but what's certain is that United are getting a hard-working midfielder who can create spaces in the final third, set up teammates or finish attacks for a relatively low fee of around €40m.
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