‘If chances come, I have to take them’ Van de Beek keen to turn around Manchester United career

The Dutchman continues to warm the bench for the Red Devils

The forgotten man in many ways, Donny Van de Beek is finally back to full fitness at Old Trafford and could be ready to take part in their seismic clash with Real Sociedad on Thursday evening.

The Red Devils travel to Spain knowing that they have to win by two clear goals to ensure that they take top spot in their group and avoid a last 32 clash with the clubs dropping down from the Champions League, a collection of sides that includes Ten Hag’s former side Ajax and Barcelona.

And they have been boosted by the return of Van De Beek, who was thought to be set to have a big role in Ten Hag’s side due to their work together at Ajax, only for the Dutchman to continue to flatter to deceive in Manchester.

Injuries and lack of game time have plagued the midfielder’s time at Old Trafford, and he was sent on loan to Everton last January in an attempt to get a run of games. However, he featured just 7 times, and having been clearly out of favour under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick, Ten Hag’s arrival marked a potential turning point for him.

Now back to full fitness after picking up a knock in the early weeks of the season, he is desperate to prove his worth.

“I’m happy to be back and have to stay fit for a longer time and try to help Man United”, Van De Beek said.

“I feel great, I feel good and what I’m saying is I just need to keep going and, if chances come, I have to take them”.

He also hinted his preference for a more attacking role in Erik ten Hag’s 4-2-3-1 system, perhaps even in the no.10 role currently occupied by Bruno Fernandes.

“It [playing an attacking role] is also one of the points how I can maybe help the team, play in between the lines and make my runs with the ball, give some passes”, he explained. “I just do my best and have to stay fit and just help the team”

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