Edwin van der Sar was very proud when Donny van de Beek left Ajax for Manchester United in 2020.
Ajax’s chief executive made an announcement in a newspaper following the £35m move, urging fans to take care of him, telling the midfielder to “dream”.
It’s possible that Van de Beek’s dream didn’t include signing Everton on loan after 18 months, it’s safe to say.
However, this is where the midfielder finds himself after a frustrating stint at United which started well with a goal on his debut.
Van der Sar has reacted to the loan midfielder’s move to Everton, and is hopeful that things will go well with his former player.
The former United goalkeeper wished him ‘best luck’ in his new surroundings, hinting that it was United and not Van de Beek that were to blame for the lack of playing time.
It must be remembered that Van der Sar came to United late in his career only after a stint at Fulham, so he had time to acclimatize to the Premier League. He didn’t need to, as he was already a star with former Juventus and a regular for the Netherlands, but it certainly helped him prepare for the challenge at Old Trafford.
Van de Beek’s short stint at Everton could work in a similar fashion for him, with Dele Alli’s free addition to Everton’s squad not complicating his playing time at Goodison either.
United want to see Van de Beek thrive, and return as a new player next season. Van der Sar is desperate for his success, and it appears that Ajax have been right about it all along.
Talking to Everton websiteVan de Beek said, “I hope to carry my footballing qualities, my passing and of course scoring goals. Scoring and assisting is a big part of my game and I will try to do that again. And it’s not just offensive, you have to defend as a midfielder and I can do that too.” “.
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