Former Manchester United forward Robin van Persie has delivered his verdict on Donny van de Beek.
United are set to complete the £40.1million move for the Ajax midfielder after he passed a medical on Monday and agreed personal terms.
Only the paperwork is left to be finalised to complete what will be United’s first signing of the summer transfer window.
However, that is set to be signed in the next couple of days, with Van de Beek currently away on international duty with the Netherlands.
And Van Persie has moved to warn Van de Beek about the expectancy that will be on his shoulders at Old Trafford.
“Donny van de Beek is 23 years old and that is a nice age to make a transfer to the Premier League,” he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
“I was a bit younger when I went to Arsenal, and in the locker room, I was considered a player for the future.
“Winning the UEFA Cup with Feyenoord meant nothing. The Premier League is a completely different world.
“Donny will be brought in as a major purchase from Manchester United, but he will discover that those other 22 players have also been brought in as a ‘major purchase’. One had an even bigger transfer than the other.
“It means that he has to stand there right away and he has to mentally adjust to that. Because Manchester United is in every way a beast of a club.”
But Van Persie does believe that Van de Beek’s experience of playing in the Champions League will work in his favour.
“Physically I don’t foresee any problems for Donny. His walking actions are his biggest weapon,” he added.
“He is also able to play sixty games a year. Easy games just aren’t there anymore. Especially against Fulham or Crystal Palace, you have to play the most. At every duel, even at every throw, those opponents pound on you.
“He has the advantage that he has gained a lot of experience in the last two seasons in Europe.
“The year in which Ajax reached the semi-finals of the Champions League was his big breakthrough.”