Manchester United fans believe that Donny van de Beek should play in centre-midfield for the club after his underwhelming start to life at Old Trafford.
Van de Beek arrived under much fan fair as United pulled off an impressive coup to sign him for an initial £35million from Ajax. Despite scoring within 15 minutes of his debut for the club in the opening day defeat to Crystal Palace, the Dutchman has continued to find his game time limited since.
Van de Beek has only made two starts so far with both of them coming in the Carabao Cup and, although he has looked impressive and grabbed an assist with a clever flick in the victory over Brighton, it hasn’t related to big chances elsewhere.
The versatile midfielder’s appearances in the Premier League and Champions League have been limited to second-half cameos as a substitute and he didn’t even make it off the bench in Chelsea’s drab 0-0 stalemate with Chelsea.
The latest snub has led to some critics wondering why the 23-year-old isn’t getting many minutes, with former United left-back Patrice Evra even questioning why the club signed him.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer quickly moved to squash the controversy, reassuring Van de Beek that his opportunities will come and that it is the form of those ahead of him which is keeping him out of the side.
“Don’t worry about that,” Solskjaer said when asked what Van de Beek has to do to start by Sky Sports. “He’ll get his games. Don’t worry about that.
“It’s easy to say who should be playing and more difficult to say who shouldn’t.”
United are packed with options in midfield so MEN Sport asked supporters: “If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation, where should Donny van de Beek be deployed in the side?”
Van de Beek was brought up on the Ajax ideals of Total Football and is comfortable playing anywhere across the midfield, but the winner of the pole with 43.2 per cent of the 7,108 votes was centre-midfield.
Scott McTominay and Fred are currently occupying the positions and are doing an impressive job in the process, providing an energetic and combative shield to the defence. Inserting Van de Beek in place of one of the pair would likely make United more adventurous in possession but perhaps less solid defensively.
In second place with 36 per cent of the vote came ‘centre-attacking midfield,’ which is currently the role where Bruno Fernandes has been working magic since his arrival in January. However, the Portuguese has proven capable of playing out wide as well, which could accommodate Van de Beek.
A sizeable portion of 14.8 per cent wouldn’t mind seeing Van de Beek himself be deployed on the right-wing, but only 5.9 per cent would want him to start on the left-wing.