Donny van de Beek was a player who was once the talk of the whole of Europe. Since his arrival at United, he has become unrecognizable, and even under the leadership of his former coach, he failed to improve his form. "I’ve seen him better in the past.
But I think positioning-wise, he’s acting quite well. But he has to make that step up," Ten Hag said whilst discussing the Dutchman, who was left out of the Netherlands World Cup squad. I don’t think a loan [makes] sense.
It’s either he fights [for] himself and proves himself, in this atmosphere in this environment, or he goes. But for me, there is still a way for him, there is still a perspective for him. It’s not going to be easy because the competition there is really strong."
Erik ten Hag on Van de Beek
Erik ten Hag expressed satisfaction with certain aspects of Van de Beek's game, but there are things he is certainly not happy with.
"Yeah, I see the opinion [that he might not suit England], but when I watched back the performance against Sociedad and at Villa, he is in the positions that I expect No.10s to do and nowadays that tends [to be] really difficult to show themselves," the United boss told reporters.
"What he [Van de Beek] is doing well is his positioning and his movements into space with strikers, especially with that No.9. That combination is really good, positioning and anticipation in and out of possession, and he did it to my satisfaction in the last games.
"I have seen he [Van de Beek] isn’t on the scoring list, he is not on the assisting list, and he can do better. I think he’s still not on his limits."
If he continues as he has been, it is unlikely that he will have a place in the team next season.