Man Utd committed ‘mortal sin’ with Van de Beek treatment, says Ten Hag


Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has accused Manchester United of committing a “mortal sin” in treating Donny van de Beek.

United invested £ 35million ($ 46million) in Van de Beek’s talent in September 2020, removing him from Ajax on a five-year contract.

The Dutchman was first billed as a stellar signing after his rapid rise to the Johan Cruyff ArenA, but struggled to find regular opportunities at Old Trafford, much to Ten Hag’s bewilderment.

What was said?

Three of Van de Beek’s five years at Ajax have been spent under Ten Hag, with the midfielder playing a crucial role in their run to the Eredivisie title and the Champions League semi-finals in 2018-19.

The 24-year-old ex-manager believes United have held back development in the past 14 months, as he said By Volkskrant: “Take Donny. I find it hard, a mortal sin.

“If you haven’t had the chance yet, then development will also stagnate.”

Ten Hag added on Van de Beek’s struggles at Manchester serving as a warning to the next generation of young Ajax players: “Everyone understands that as a top athlete you want to push back your limits If you don’t have that mindset, then you don’t belong here.

“But when are you going to do this and at which club? What’s your motivation? I’m trying to move this thinking process forward.”

Van de Beek’s united record

Van de Beek has only played 45 games in all competitions for United so far and has just two goals and two assists to his name.

The Netherlands international is still awaiting his first Premier League start of the current campaign, and it has been suggested he could leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window.

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Van de Beek is now set to try to make a strong comeback to the United squad under the leadership of their new interim boss Ralf Rangnick, who replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last week.

The Red Devils are expected to name the Norwegian’s permanent successor next summer and Ten Hag has been mentioned as a candidate.

The Ajax tactician added the possibility of taking on a new role away from his homeland: “I think I’m ready for it. I’d be happy to take on this challenge.

“But I’m not chasing him. If it turns out that this step will never come, I won’t say my coaching career has failed.

“But I think I have enough skills to take on this challenge.”

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