Erik ten Hag says Donny van de Beek’s failure at Manchester United was caused by competition for spots and injuries.
Van van Beek was bought by United for £40 million from Ajax in 2020, but the midfield player was never given a reliable berth in the starting eleven. Due to this, the player made the decision to quit the team and will now play for Eintracht Frankfurt on loan for the remainder of the season.
Ten Hag had worked with the Dutchman before at Ajax, but he feels that injuries he received at Old Trafford prevented the 26-year-old from repeating his Eredivisie success.
In the first place, Ten Hag acknowledged that the individual had sustained numerous injuries.
He has now been working with me for two years, but he was employed here before that under various management. He also got a second loan. He wasn’t the player I had at Ajax since the day I arrived at Man United due of his injuries and frequent absences.
After that, he had a protracted recovery period from the injury. Thus, I believe it to be the primary cause of his absence from the game.
We then decided to go on a loan in the summer, but nothing materialized. He also had very few opportunities since we had made appointments and agreements with players, and there was a lot of competition and friction in those places.
When questioned if Van de Beek’s difficulties may delay the club’s acquisition of new players, the United manager answered as follows:
That is always dependent on the players and your level of confidence. Your aptitude.
“I can tell you one thing: the Premier League is hard, and playing here at Manchester United is hard because it’s easier to play at other teams because there’s less pressure.”
You have to deal with the fact that it is so high. But, this is the greatest challenge, in my opinion, if you have self-confidence.
It is unquestionably the best club you want to be a part of, but that varies from player to player and also depends on character. The individuality of the participant.