Pundit thinks €45m new boy could break Pogba-Fernandes partnership

Date published: Monday 31st August 2020 7:01 - Matthew Briggs

Mark Bosnich has backed imminent arrival Donny Van de Beek to force his way into Manchester United’s starting XI.

The former United keeper believes a deal for the Dutch midfielder will “work really well” and says the Ajax star will be a “fantastic” addition to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ranks.

The 23-year-old looks all set to complete a €45m move to United after  a personal intervention from Solskjaer. He reportedly hurried the club along over talks to ensure they did not miss out.

Now it appears a deal is on the brink, with talks continuing between all the parties. United’s first offer of €40m (£35.7m) has been rejected. However, the BBC reports an agreement worth €45m (£40m) has now been reached.

Sky Sports claim personal terms have been agreed and their take is that the deal is thought to be in the region of €39m, plus another €5m in add-ons,

Whatever the price though, Bosnich, 48, believes United have a player who can fit into their side.

“Those that watched the player during his time in Holland have seen the progress that he’s made. I think the way Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) wants to move forward, it’ll work really, really well,” Bosnich told Sky Sports.



Asked if Van de Beek can oust Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, Bosnich replied: “I think he’ll play more often than not. You can tell that Ole is trying to build a squad that will be sufficient for them to challenge on several fronts, not just for one particular competition.

“He knows from his own experience from being at the club when they won the treble, they had four strikers – himself, Teddy Sheringham, Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke. It’s very important to make sure you have back-up in each position.

“Whether or not he is a starter immediately remains to be seen, but he will definitely play more often than not.”

Van de Beek broke into the Ajax first team in 2015, and has since racked up 175 appearances for the club, scoring 41 goals and grabbing 36 assists.

Van der Vaart backs Van de Beek 

Meanwehile Rafael Van der Vaart believes Van de Beek’s performances have warranted a big move to the Premier League.

Van der Vaart told NOS: “He has played excellent for Ajax.

“And Manchester United really need this kind of player in their team. This transfer is fantastic for us [Dutch people] too. We are all going to follow him now. This move is so deserved.”

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