Ralf Ragnick has said that midfielder Donny van de Beek can revive his career at Old Trafford, but that the Netherlands international’s future prospects at the club may depend on the preferences of the incoming manager.
Van de Beek has endured a torried time since moving to the Premier League from Ajax in summer 2020. The 24-year-old only played 27 games in the top-flight for Manchester United before being shipped on loan to Everton, who are desperately battling against relegation this season.
Ralf Ragnick Says Donny van de Beek Can Revive his Manchester United Career
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With Ragnick set to step out of the dugout and into a two-year consultancy role at the end of the current campaign, out-of-favour stars like van de Beek will be hoping for a change in fortune under the next permanent manager at Old Trafford.
That man is expected to be Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, who is said to have impressed in his interview for the top job at Old Trafford and is the leading candidate to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-term successor.
When discussing the chances of van de Beek making an improved impact at Manchester United next season, Ragnick hinted that the identity of the new manager will be vital. He said: “I really like Donny. Reviving his Manchester United career next season, why not?”
“But it also depends on the new manager and the way he wants to play; that’s what Donny told me in the conversations we had together.”
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If Erik ten Hag is eventually named as the new Manchester United manager, the news will likely come as a huge relief to van de Beek.
Despite having established a reputation as one of Europe’s finest young midfielders during his time playing under ten Hag at Ajax, van de Beek failed to earn the trust of previous United boss Solskjaer, and his loan exit to Everton left the player unable to break into the side under Ragnick either.
By contrast, van de Beek racked up 175 first-team appearances for Ajax before the age of 23, and will be hopeful of getting his career back on track at the Theatre of Dreams next season.
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