Donny van de Beek has confirmed he is willing to adapt his role when playing for Manchester United.
The Dutch midfielder was United’s most expensive signing of the summer, but has struggled to fit in so far. He is yet to start a game in the Premier League.
The former Ajax star usually plays in an attacking midfield position, which leaves him competing with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba for a place in the team. Hence, it has been hard for him to force his way into contention.
However, van de Beek was given a start for United’s game against Istanul Basaksehir in the Champions League on Tuesday night. He completed 90 minutes for just the second time in his United career.
Van de Beek started as part of a double midfield pivot alongside Fred, with Fernandes playing in a more advanced role. It may have been a slightly different position for him than usual, but it is one he is happy to play in.
“It was really good,” he told MUTV.
“Some games I play No.10, sometimes the coach needs me in the control position. That’s fine for me, sometimes in Ajax I was also playing in that position so it’s okay.”
Van de Beek pleased with reaction
It was a positive evening for van de Beek, as his United side won 4-1. It means they can finally move on from the reverse fixture, which they lost in undignified fashion.
Van de Beek was happy with how his teammates responded to that setback by producing a strong performance right from the off.
“I think it’s a good reaction from the away game, 4-1 at home, you can be happy,” he said.
“First half was really good, especially the first 30 minutes, we played really nice football, scored really nice goals.
“Second half we lose too many balls, we gave them some chances, but last five minutes we control the game again and we make a nice goal [for the fourth].”