Van der Sar compares Van de Beek to one Man Utd legend

Date published: Thursday 17th September 2020 11:48 - Joe Williams

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Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar has compared new Man Utd signing Donny van de Beek to club legend Paul Scholes.

Van de Beek became United’s first signing of the summer after joining from Ajax for around £40m.

The Dutchman will be the 20th Van man in Premier League history and joins an already strong midfield at Old Trafford, which both he and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer referenced upon his arrival.

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And Van der Sar thinks his compatriot has some similar attributes to former Man Utd midfielder Scholes.

Van der Sar told United’s Group Chat: “He can play in different positions in midfield – he can be a six or an eight or a 10, he has a great eye for a goal. His technique is brilliant, he can go box to box.

“I’d compare him a little bit to Scholesy, although Scholesy had a cracker of a shot from 30,40 yards out and that’s not Donny’s strength, but he likes to come into the box and chip in with goals.

“Maybe it’s unfair to compare him to Scholesy actually, but he’s a good lad and I’m sure he’ll be a great addition to the team that Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] is creating for United.

“I presume he’s had a talk with Ole and they’ve talked about different positions. He’s multi-functional, he can play a little bit deeper which I think is his preferred role.

“Of course, we know United already have a couple of great midfield players there so he will find his way in the team and also with the amount of games that top clubs need to play this year in the Premier League and Champions League and the cup matches, everything is quite intense so you need a good, wide squad and I think the midfield looks okay at the moment for United.”


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