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Darren Fletcher gives advice to Donny van de Beek following £40m Manchester United transfer

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Donny van de Beek completed a £40m move to Manchester United
Donny van de Beek completed a £40m move to Manchester United (Picture: MUTV)

Darren Fletcher has urged Donny van de Beek to ’embrace and enjoy’ his move to Manchester United and focus his efforts on impressing manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Netherlands international Van de Beek became the Red Devils’ first summer signing last week after United agreed a £40m deal with Ajax.

The 23-year-old played 175 games for Ajax, scoring 41 goals and starring in their surprise run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018-19.

Asked what advice he would give new signing Van de Beek following his move to Old Trafford, former Manchester United midfielder Fletcher told MUTV: ‘Embrace it and enjoy it.

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‘It’s the biggest club in the world and it comes with pressures but don’t think about those pressures – you’ve only got one person to impress and that’s the manager.

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‘He’s the one who picks the team. You play for the fans and the fans will get behind you.

‘I’d just say to him to be himself and I’m sure he’ll settle in to a really good, positive United dressing room and express himself straight away.’

Fletcher spent over a decade at Manchester United, playing 342 games and helping the club win five Premier League titles and the Champions League.

Assessing United’s move for Van de Beek, the former Scotland international said: ‘He’s a top-class player and I think he’s a fantastic signing.

‘For somebody at his age, for that price, I think it’s a no-brainer.

‘I saw him during Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals last season [in 2018/19], he was probably one of the catalysts for that.

‘What I like about him is his flexibility in midfield. He understands when he needs to be a no.10 and what he has to do and he understands when he has to be a box-to-box midfielder; he’s got that Ajax upbringing in him and is a cultured footballer. 

‘I just think he’s a great addition and he seems like a great guy as well, given the way he’s been treated since leaving Ajax and how everyone has spoken about him.

‘There’s nothing better than having players in your team that are top players but good people as well. It definitely goes a long way.’

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