Man United new boy Donny van de Beek trains for first time

Manchester United new boy Donny van de Beek pictured in training for the first time as he poses for photos with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and captain Harry Maguire

  • Donny van de Beek has trained for first time since his £40m move from Ajax
  • Dutch midfielder posed for pictures alongside the manager and captain
  • The 23-year-old has returned from international duty with the Holland side 

Donny van de Beek has got stuck into training on his first day at Manchester United following his £40m arrival from Ajax last week.

The 23-year-old has arrived in England to join up with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men after international duty with Holland and will start getting to know his United team-mates.

And he even had time to pose for a picture with his new manager and club captain Harry Maguire, who himself had returned to pre-season training earlier this week for the first time since being arrested in Greece last month.

Donny van de Beek (centre) poses for a picture with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Harry Maguire

Van de Beek was getting stuck in on his first day involved in training at Manchester United

Van de Beek will have to wait until at least September 19 before making his first-team bow

While the Premier League season begins in earnest this weekend, United have an extra week to prepare for their kick-off against Crystal Palace on September 12.

Their involvement in the latter stages of the Europa League in Germany last month granted them a later start than the majority of their rivals. 

After clinching a return to the Champions League with a final day victory over Leicester in July, van de Beek’s arrival is a particular cause for excitement with United supporters.

United fans are eagerly awaiting the prospect of him forging a midfield partnership alongside Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

Van de Beek moved to Manchester United in a £40million switch from Ajax last week

Van de Beek was given an emotional send-off by Ajax fans after joining Man United

Van de Beek joins up with United after featuring for Holland in the recent international games

After featuring for Holland in their defeat by Italy on Monday night, van de Beek bid a fond farewell to Ajax’s most devout supporters outside the Johan Cruyff Arena.

They serenaded him with songs, held up banners paying tribute and set off flares. The midfielder was clearly moved by the gesture and he got out of his car and clapped them back as they said their goodbyes.

Van de Beek joined Ajax’s academy back in 2008 and went on to become a fan favourite in Amsterdam.

The midfielder, who scored 41 goals and created 34 assists in 175 matches for the club, won the Eredivisie title in 2018-19 while also playing an instrumental role in his side’s run to the Champions League semi-finals the same season. 

‘Donny has all of the technical attributes needed to perform in this team and has the personality required to succeed at Manchester United,’ Solskjaer said upon confirming the signing.

‘His ability to see space, time his movements and read the game will really complement the qualities that we have in midfield and his arrival really strengthens the depth of talent we have in that position.  

‘Donny’s performances in the Eredivisie and in Europe have been excellent over the last few years and we are all looking forward to working with him.’

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