Now that it's been confirmed that Ten Hag will take over as manager of Manchester United from the summer onward, there's a lot of speculation about what he'll bring to the team.
One factor being considered is whether he will be able to get the most out of Donny Van de Beek. United signed the Dutch midfielder for £35 million in 2020, hoping he would improve their midfield, but he hasn't. Van de Beek only had 12 starts for United in one full league season and one half-league season. Solsjkaer didn't think much of him, and Rangnick didn't want to take a chance on him.
He lobbied for a loan to move to Everton in January. An injury struck him just as he was finding his stride there, and he has been out ever since. It's worth noting that Van de Beek's loan agreement has no option for a permanent extension, which means he'll be returning to Old Trafford ahead of next season.
Ten Hag may look at Van de Beek and believe he is still as brilliant as he was under him at Ajax, and he may offer him a chance to show the world why he was a Ballon d'Or nominee in 2019.
There's a theory that Van de Beek is brilliant, but he's not built for the physicality of the Premier League. The Premier League and the Eredivise are two distinct leagues, but this has yet to be proven.
Ten Hag may benefit from attempting and succeeding with Van de Beek, as United fans adore Van de Beek. However, if he continues to play Van de Beek and the midfielder fails to impress, it could cost him his progress.
Overall, Van de Beek could be Ten Hag's biggest triumph or his biggest blunder.
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