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Donny is ideally suited to playing against European teams where he will be and is afforded more time to pick his passes. He's just not up to speed in the Premiership and is playing safe and well within himself.
the good old crap in the PL, but good in Europe argument.

if he can’t play in the Prem, aside from if we rest everyone, he won’t be playing in Europe for us.

got to hope he uses the next 6 months to get his arse in gear and get up to speed.
 

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So the quickest passer in the squad is not up to speed, makes sense...
The intensity of the Premiership is on a different level to what he's played previously. I am sure if he's as talented as been touted he'll come good. I am only judging him on his United career so far in which he has not yet provided any significant contribution.

I don't know much of his past and cannot see the future.
 

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He turns 24 in 2 months and his transfer fee was almost 40 million. I get that the PL can be hard to adjust to and that playtime is crucial, but he's not a kid and his transfer fee means that he should be a sure starter soon. If not, then he'll be considered a flop.

I still don't get why we signed him. It's nice to have cover and it's smart to think long term, but 40 million is a lot of money. For another 10-20 million we could have gotten a better player who also walks straight into the starting XI in a position where we need strengthening.
 

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The intensity of the Premiership is on a different level to what he's played previously. I am sure if he's as talented as been touted he'll come good. I am only judging him on his United career so far in which he has not yet provided any significant contribution.

I don't know much of his past and cannot see the future.
Well even if judged his matches in a United shirt, you'd know that he's the quickest passer. So your comment doesn't make that much sense. There might be other reasons why he's not "up to speed" but passing isn't one of them
 

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Well even if judged his matches in a United shirt, you'd know that he's the quickest passer. So your comment doesn't make that much sense. There might be other reasons why he's not "up to speed" but passing isn't one of them
I think your loyalties and support (understandable) might be dictating your opinion. I personally haven't yet seen the qualities you mention. He's playing it very safe and simple at present and this could be for a multitude of reasons. There is time to acclimatise to the Premiership and the way coaches need him to play. We all hope he becomes a great player for the club.
 

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I think your loyalties and support (understandable) might be dictating your opinion. I personally haven't yet seen the qualities you mention. He's playing it very safe and simple at present and this could be for a multitude of reasons. There is time to acclimatise to the Premiership and the way coaches need him to play. We all hope he becomes a great player for the club.
That might be so, but you said the he'd benefit from more time to pick passes. If you've even watched him in his United matches you'd know that his passing is really quick. So saying that he needs more time to pick passes is unfair. It's not something he needs to improve and that's not only for the "safe" passes.
 

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That might be so, but you said the he'd benefit from more time to pick passes. If you've even watched him in his United matches you'd know that his passing is really quick. So saying that he needs more time to pick passes is unfair. It's not something he needs to improve and that's not only for the "safe" passes.
No one at united pass him the ball when he requires it.

So many times he makes a pass wanting a pass back for a quick one two - nothing happens.

There is many times he makes a run in to clear and open space but no one has the ability to pick him up (Mctomminay or Fred) or Bruno simply doesnt see it.

He is making the attack more wider when he plays because his runs make the defenders have to occupy him.

He is a good player. I dont wish to rate him high but ultimately I dont want him to rate like crap either ultimately because he is going to struggle here because the rest of the team doesnt understand him or how to use him.
 

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So depressing reading the earlier comments in this thread. This just hasn't worked for whatever reason, and I'm starting to think this is just a fit (player/club) which simply isn't going to work.

He could be just what we need. A straight to the point player like Greenwood.
During the run in last season, there were games where Pogba, Martial etc overplayed- then Greenwood would just keep it simple and shoot. I can see VDB breaking, late, into the box and doing something similar.
In fairness to the above early comment, however, they were partly right. Certainly can't complain about him having overplayed compared to the likes of Pogba and Martial :lol:
 

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That might be so, but you said the he'd benefit from more time to pick passes. If you've even watched him in his United matches you'd know that his passing is really quick. So saying that he needs more time to pick passes is unfair. It's not something he needs to improve and that's not only for the "safe" passes.
I think the two of us are either watching different matches of Man Utd, or have a fundamentally different understanding on what quick passes are. If I can name one aspect of his play that irritated the proverbial bejesus out of me, it was his constant risk averse passes in which he played in possession. Not quick, not fast, just really mediocre.

Look, I know you rate the guy from previous experiences with your club, but face it, this ain't the level we should aiming for at Manchester United.
 
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If we play him and Bruno at the same time, it really baffles me that they end up almost next to each other as two 10s.

I still think he needs to be experimented with deeper, with the game ahead of him, and maybe alternate in that role with Bruno.
That way, he'll be forced to have to play the ball forward constantly, and hold a more rigid position.

He seems a bit lost when he goes onto the pitch for us.
 

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Donny is ideally suited to playing against European teams where he will be and is afforded more time to pick his passes. He's just not up to speed in the Premiership and is playing safe and well within himself.
Think he will be more suited to 5-a-side football. The dimensions of an 11-a-side football pitch are far too big for him.

He can't pass longer than a few yards, doesn't carry the ball more than a few metres, and doesn't have the defensive or aerial game to compensate. He has no business in a 105m field at the highest level.
 

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Isn't he meant to be starting these games in the EL? No rest for Bruno.
 

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Typical he gets injured before a game he'd like start in, hope he's back for next week
 

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I am losing faith and he looks like a total misfit whenever he played for us. But then Fred was shite in his first season with us too, would he be able to turn things around and become our new Fred?