Manchester United’s new manager Erik ten Hag is looking forward to being reunited with Donny van de Beek and working with the likes of Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo..
Van de Beek spent the end of the season on loan at Everton, and scored in the Toffees’ final-day game at Arsenal, but is due back at Carrington for pre-season training next month.
The midfielder was a key part of Ten Hag’s Ajax side that reached the 2018/19 Champions League semi-finals before switching to the Reds in 2020.
The Netherlands international will be keen to show what he can do next term after injury affected his impact on Merseyside.
When asked at his press conference if he was keen to see his fellow countryman again, Ten Hag replied: “Yes, of course, we had a fantastic squad in that time in Ajax.
“I really had a good relationship with him and, of course, I’m looking forward to meeting him again on the pitch.”
When also asked if he was enthusiastic to work with Ronaldo, the answer was a straightforward one.
“Of course,” Erik smiled. When asked what last term’s leading scorer can bring, the boss laughed: “Ronaldo? Goals!” He then stressed he would go over his plans with the Portugal international soon.
“I talk first with Ronaldo before I talk with you,” he asserted.
There was also a mention of skipper Harry Maguire during the briefing with journalists, and it is clear Ten Hag appreciates the England centre-back’s talents.
“I have to repeat that next season is a different season but I think he did a great job,” said the manager. “He’s a great player, he’s achieved already a lot really also [with his] contribution to Manchester United. So I’m looking forward to working with him.”
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