Darren Fletcher believes Manchester United have gotten themselves a cut price in new signing Donny van de Beek.
The Dutchman turned United’s first summer time arrival earlier final week after signing a five-year contract with the choice of an extra 12 months following his £34.6m switch from Ajax.
Van de Beek was broadly anticipated to affix Actual Madrid this summer time and his agent confirmed Arsenal and Barcelona had been among the many golf equipment vying for his signature.
Nevertheless, it was United who managed to safe the deal and Fletcher believes his outdated membership have gotten themselves a cut price.
“He’s a top-class participant and I believe he’s a incredible signing,” the previous Scotland worldwide informed United’s web site.
“For someone at his age, for that worth, I believe it’s a no brainer. I noticed him throughout Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals final season [in 2018/19], he was in all probability one of many catalysts for that.
“What I like about him is his flexibility in midfield. He understands when he must be a no.10 and what he has to do and he understands when he needs to be a box-to-box midfielder; he’s received that Ajax upbringing in him and is a cultured footballer.
“I simply assume he’s a terrific addition and he looks as if a terrific man as effectively, given the best way he’s been handled since leaving Ajax and the way everybody has spoken about him.
“There’s nothing higher than having gamers in your staff which can be prime gamers however good folks as effectively. It positively goes a good distance.”
Earlier than he continued: “You really want energy in depth in there since you’ve received an enormous variety of video games to play and accidents are going to occur, so that you want energy in depth all around the pitch.
“Once I was at United we had 5, six, seven midfielders preventing for 2 or three spots. And typically you bought the jersey, you had been the person in type and typically you had been on the skin wanting in – that’s simply the best way it’s and the best way it must be at a prime membership.
“You have to be pushing one another. You shouldn’t assume that you just’re an computerized starter, and by including gamers like Donny it offers competitors for locations and that squad depth.”
Earlier than Fletcher concluded by sending a message to United’s new midfielder, saying: “Embrace it and revel in it. It’s the largest membership on the planet and it comes with pressures however don’t take into consideration these pressures – you’ve solely received one particular person to impress and that’s the supervisor.
“He’s the one who picks the staff. You play for the followers and the followers will get behind you. I’d simply say to him to be himself and I’m positive he’ll settle into a very good, constructive United dressing room and categorical himself right away.
“We’re again within the competitors and he’s been there. He’s performed for an enormous membership in Ajax and received to the latter phases of the Champions League and that’s what it’s about; it’s the head of membership soccer.
“It’s a incredible competitors and United must be competing on each fronts [Premier League and Champions League]. You’ll be able to’t choose one – you must go and assault each at full tilt and see the place it takes you.”