Donny van de Beek returns to Manchester United training and shares a smile with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Donny van de Beek returns to Manchester United training after missing out on the European Championship and shares a smile with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer… as the Dutchman aims to impress after a grueling debut season at Old Trafford
- Donny van de Beek made his first appearance at Carrington after a layoff
- The midfielder missed the Netherlands’ European Championship 2020 campaign with a groin injury
- He made just four Premier League starts last season after a £40m move
- The former Ajax player could get more opportunities if United changes formation
Donny van de Beek made a welcome return to Manchester United’s training on Monday, ahead of a massive second campaign at the club for the Dutchman.
The midfielder had missed the start of the season and United’s two friendlies with Derby County and QPR as he was still recovering from a groin injury.
Van de Beek sustained the injury while preparing for the start of Euro 2020 with the Netherlands and cruelly missed the tournament.
Donny van de Beek was back in training for the first time since he suffered from his groin in June
Van de Beek was back next to his teammates after missing the start of the preseason
The injury compounded a disappointing last 12 months for the 24-year-old, who barely got a chance to prove himself in his first season at Old Trafford after a £40 million transfer from Ajax, as he made just four Premier League starts.
But he was in good spirits on his first day back on United’s training ground in Carrington and was seen smiling and deep in conversation with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Dutchman made just four Premier League starts for United in a difficult first season
Van de Beek rarely got a glimpse of Solskjaer’s starting 11 as the Norwegian preferred a consistent 4-2-3-1 formation, with Scott McTominay and Fred teamed up in midfield 28 times over the course of the season played.
Van de Beek made a name for himself in European football, working on the left side of a midfield three with Ajax, but his hopes for the coming season should be dashed if reports of Solskjaer changing his formation are to be believed.
ESPN reported last week that the coach is considering shaking up his team’s form and giving them a more attacking outlook now that they have signed Jadon Sancho.
The club are also about to complete a transfer for Raphael Varane, a ballplayer who has been missing half of the club for a while and who will be crucial to their plans to play a midfield three.
United were back in training after Saturday’s surprising 4-2 loss to QPR in a friendly