Donny van de Beek knows that his past with Erik ten Hag doesn’t matter as he looks to cement his place in the Manchester United line-up.

Van de Beek has struggled to impose himself since swapping Ajax for Manchester United and he spent six months of last season on loan with Everton.

However, the arrival of Van de Beek’s former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag gives the Dutch international a fresh chance to impress in Manchester. On Tuesday, Van de Beek gave an assist in the 3-1 friendly win over Crystal Palace.

Quoted by Voetbal International, Van de Beek said he knows that Ten Hag’s arrival doesn’t guarantee him anything,  “Of course everyone said that because I had worked with him at Ajax. But in the end you have to play well yourself and it doesn’t matter who the manager is.

“You have to find your own role in the team. Of course he knows me, but that doesn’t mean anything.”

Van de Beek will not change his style of play to force himself into the starting eleven, “I will not change as a player. You can improve yourself. You can improve yourself, but you shouldn’t change yourself and I won’t. Every player has his qualities and that goes for me too.”




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