A “fresh start” could be in store for Donny van de Beek under the management of Erik ten Hag, thinks former Manchester United man Luke Chadwick.
Van De Beek has endured a tough period of his career in the last few seasons. Following a £35million move to United from Ajax, he would have expected frequent minutes in the side.
He made 36 appearances in all competitions during his first season, scoring once and assisting two goals. However, beyond that point his role dwindled massively.
This season, Van de Beek made just 14 appearances in a United shirt, starting only four of those. Thanks to his fringe role, he made the loan switch to Everton in January, where an injury prevented him from making more than five starts.
However, he may now be in store for a career revival, under new united boss Ten Hag.
The pair were at Ajax together for three seasons, winning the Eredivisie in two of those. In the three seasons that Van de Beek played under Ten Hag, he amassed a total of 70 goal contributions in all competitions.
Indeed, it seems the 25-year-old thrives under the management of the Dutch boss. Former United man Chadwick feels Van de Beek could be in store for a good period of his career again, under Ten Hag.
“I’m sure he’ll be absolutely delighted with the appointment of the new manager,” he told Caught Offside.
“I think that could mean a lot in terms of Donny van de Beek’s future. We saw he played the best football of his career under Ten Hag, but he didn’t really get the opportunities since he’s come to United.”
Should Van de Beek be afforded opportunities – which is likely under a manager who knows him – he could get his United career back on track.
Fresh start in store for Van De Beek
Chadwick also feels that the new manager could represent a fresh start for the midfielder.
“I think he’s had to adjust to a new way of playing, but now he can get a fresh start under a manager who obviously rates him really highly, and who trusts him to play in big games.
“I don’t think it’s the end of Van de Beek’s future at Man United, in fact this really could be the start for him now with the new manager coming in.”
The 25-year-old showed his potential during his time at Ajax. While that has not been on show at United, Ten Hag could be the right man to bring it out of him.
A consistent run of games under a manager who knows what he can do could do wonders for Van De Beek.