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Out of all of the players who can profit from Erik ten Hag’s arrival at Manchester United, Donny van de Beek is arguably top of the list. The Netherlands international was, around this time last yr, set to be offered to Borussia Dortmund as a part of a swap deal for Erling Haaland. But, now, is looks as if his immediate future will probably be at Old Trafford.

A yr ago, 90min reported that United had designs to make use of Van de Beek in a swap cope with Borussia Dortmund for Haaland.

The midfielder had only arrived from Ajax mere months previously but was struggling for motion under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who had wanted Jack Grealish as a substitute.

Van de Beek barely played during his first full season at United after which proceeded to spend the summer bulking up, attempting to get in shape.

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He did just that, working closely with the club’s fitness coaches to make sure he could hit the bottom running this term.

United, ultimately, didn’t propose the swap deal they’d been planning.

They signed Jadon Sancho as a substitute, paying £73million to finally land the England international after missing out on him 3 times previously.

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In January, United decided to let the Netherlands international leave temporarily in an effort to get some much-needed game time.

Van de Beek moved to Everton but he’s struggled there as well, despite appearing to have earned the trust of Toffees manager Frank Lampard.

Nevertheless it doesn’t appear to matter to United how the 25-year-old performs at Goodison Park.

And that’s because Ten Hag has already decided the previous Ajax star, who he managed in Amsterdam, will probably be a part of his plans.

After they were together, it was a very good relationship – one which worked wonders for each player and manager.

Under Ten Hag, Van de Beek established himself as one in all Europe’s most-promising midfielders – especially after he drove then to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.

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And that’s why, as one other recent era at Old Trafford nears, the Netherlands international is gearing up for a United return.

Rangnick didn’t fancy Van de Beek.

Neither did Solskjaer, even when he commonly told the media he was comfortable to have the playmaker on the club.

But Ten Hag knows to coax one of the best from his compatriot.

And if Van de Beek can finally live as much as expectations at United, it’ll mean his £40m move wasn’t money down the drain.

Dimitar Berbatov, meanwhile, thinks the Everton loanee will probably be delighted with the news that Ten Hag will probably be United’s next manager.

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“Things have not worked out to this point at United for Donny Van de Beek, he’s currently on loan at Everton and he will probably be back at Old Trafford in the summertime,” Berbatov told Betfair.

“He’ll get a probability to indicate what he can do and he has worked with Ten Hag before at Ajax, which is all the time a very good thing, having that connection is great if you’re a player.

“Let’s hope he can resurrect his profession at Old Trafford.

“For a player, the connection with the manager might be an important thing.

“Van de Beek used to work with Ten Hag and he’ll know that he trusts him on the pitch, he will probably be free to explore, take probabilities, make mistakes and never worry about being substituted if he makes a nasty pass.

“When you have got that trust you have got that freedom on the pitch and it’s an amazing feeling, trust me.”

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