Donny van de Beek compared to Man Utd legend ahead of Premier League debut

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says Donny van de Beek reminds him of his ex-teammate Paul Scholes.

Van de Beek joined the Red Devils from Ajax in a £40m deal last month, and he is set to make his Premier League debut in the game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Van der Sar knows the player well from his role as chief executive officer at the Dutch club, and speaking to United's Group Chat he said there are elements to the 23-year-old's game that are similar to that of the legendary Scholes.

“He can play in different positions in midfield – he can be a six or an eight or a 10, he has a great eye for a goal," Van der Sar said. "His technique is brilliant, he can go box to box.

"I’d compare him a little bit to Scholesy, although Scholesy had a cracker of a shot from 30, 40 yards out and that’s not Donny’s strength, but he likes to come into the box and chip in with goals.

"Maybe it’s unfair to compare him to Scholesy actually, but he’s a good lad and I’m sure he’ll be a great addition to the team that Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] is creating for United."

It remains to be seen exactly what position Van de Beek is deployed in by Solskjaer, but Van der Sar is convinced he can be a success wherever he is played.

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"I presume he’s had a talk with Ole and they’ve talked about different positions," he added. "He’s multi-functional, he can play a little bit deeper which I think is his preferred role.

"Of course, we know United already have a couple of great midfield players there so he will find his way in the team and also with the amount of games that top clubs need to play this year in the Premier League and Champions League and the cup matches, everything is quite intense so you need a good, wide squad and I think the midfield looks okay at the moment for United."

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