Van de Beek ready to fight for his Man United place
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Van de Beek ready to fight for his Man United place

Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek is ready to fight for his place at Manchester United.

De Beek joined United last summer from Ajax but failed to cement his place in the team with the arrival of Bruno Fernandes having further hindered his progress.

There have been reports that the player was considering his future at Old Trafford but according to The Athletic, nothing could be further from the truth.

"Van de Beek has no plans whatsoever to leave the club this summer and the club have not suggested they would like him to exit. All parties are hopeful the second season will be far more successful," reporter Adam Crafton said.

De Beek's first season at United went from bad to worse when he was ruled out of Euro 2020 after sustaining a groin injury prior to the tournament.

Crafton adds that the 24-year-old has gone to extraordinary lengths this summer to improve his chances of establishing himself as a regular member of United’s first team.

"Van de Beek made clear he wanted to improve his physique ahead of his second season in English football. He returned to his home village in Nijkerkerveen, a 45-minute drive from Amsterdam, and developed a plan to gain lean muscle.

"Van de Beek enlisted the help of FysioConcept, an elite specialized training center in Amsterdam, where he followed a personalized nutrition plan and weight-based training sessions," he added.

The new levels of fitness and determination will be good news for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, particularly as Crafton notes, since the intention this season is to switch to a more attacking 4-3-3 formation rather than using the double pivot of Scott McTominay and Fred.

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