Van de Beek, OGS echo same midfield message as deal confirmed

Matt Stead
Donny van de Beek Ajax Man Utd

Donny van de Beek and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer both praised the Manchester United midfield after the Dutchman completed his move to Old Trafford.

Van de Beek has become the first summer signing at Manchester United after signing a five-year contract with the option of a further year.

The 23-year-old has joined from Ajax for £40m to sit on the bench. Or maybe not. Who knows?

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“I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history,” he told the club’s official website.

“I would like to thank everyone at Ajax. I grew up there and I will always have a special bond with the club.

“I am now ready to take the next step in my career and perform at the highest level and there is no higher standard than Manchester United.

“Everyone has told me how amazing the Old Trafford atmosphere is and I am looking forward to experiencing that, once it is safe for the fans to return.

“This team has some of the best midfielders in the world and I know that I can learn from them and also bring my own strengths to the group.

“Having spoken to the manager about his vision for this team, the direction that the club is going in is hugely exciting and I cannot wait to be a part of that.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added praise of the Premier League’s 20th Van man.

“Donny has all of the technical attributes needed to perform in this team and has the personality required to succeed at Manchester United,” he said.

“His ability to see space, time his movements and read the game will really complement the qualities that we have in midfield and his arrival really strengthens the depth of talent we have in that position.

“Donny’s performances in the Eredivisie and in Europe have been excellent over the last few years and we are all looking forward to working with him.”