Donny van de Beek is the answer to United’s midfield depth problem. While Fred and Scott Mctominay both play center-midfield, neither possess enough playmaking ability to backup Bruno or Pogba. Next season, van de Beek will add a layer of quality to the United midfield by being the main cover for Bruno and Pogba.
While he will primarily come off the bench, in an attacking lineup he could play alongside Pogba in the double pivot. Along with that, he should also see regular minutes as CAM for cup games with the second team. It’s too early to analyze this transfer, but it looks like Donny van de Beek will be a good fit for United.
Being only 23, van de Beek can spend some time coming off the bench before becoming a full-time starter for the Red Devils. As it looks right now, United need his quality more as a sub, than as a starter. Rumors have flown around mentioning that Ole wants Donny to play as a CAM and not a CDM, meaning for next season he will mainly backup Bruno.
During Project Restart, no one looked more tired at the end than Bruno Fernandes. Adding Donny gives Bruno a replacement, who can put in a shift when he gets too fatigued. Pogba also frequently missed games last season due to injury, so Donny could fit into the lineup whenever Pogba can’t play. At least for next season, it looks like Donny van de Beek will be Bruno and Pogba’s understudy.
All-Out Attack (DVB in for Matic)
While Ole would prefer to play Donny as a CAM, Donny could end up playing as a CDM with Pogba. United could pull out this lineup if they needed to play in an all-out attack. DVB has experience at both CAM and CDM, so he fits in nicely with Bruno and Pogba.
However, the issue lies defensively. Pogba and van de Beek together, simply would not hold down the midfield well enough in defense against the top teams. Both of the mentioned players are more attacking minded, meaning too much defensive responsibility would end up on the center-backs. United might consider this if they needed goals, but it shouldn’t be relied on regularly.
Starting at 10, With the Second Line
Last season, the backup lineup for United needed some offensive creativity and leadership. DVB brings that back to Manchester United. In cup matches, a team needs their backups to shine and DVB will play a big role and allowing them to.
Young players like Greenwood, Mctominay, and James could all benefit because of the opportunities that DVB can create. Defensively, van de Beek is much stronger than Mata, so he can take some stress off of the CDMs and center-backs. United stand a much stronger chance at making a cup run this season than last because of the quality that Donny van de Beek brings.
Glory Glory Man United.
Written by CJ Szaz.