Donny van de Beek gives verdict on Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez
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Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek is certain that new signings Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez will prove to be important inclusions in the squad this season
Eriksen signed a new three-year deal with the club whereas Martinez joined on a long-term five-year deal with United from Ajax.
Both players played in United’s last two pre-season games and will definitely be involved in some capacity when the Red Devils kick-off their 2022/23 Premier League season against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.
Van de Beek has trained with the two new signings and there is no surprise he has been left impressed with their ability.
''Of course, everyone is doing their best to make them feel happy and make them feel at home. I have a really good feeling (about them both). They’re doing great and they will help us a lot.”
Van de Beek also highlighted how he and his team are feeling ahead of the new season.
He said, “We can’t wait (to get started). We had a tough pre-season and trained so hard and worked so hard.
“We are ready now for the league and everyone is excited about it. I think we’ve managed to get some great work in and, for me, just being back with the team is great.”
Expressing his thoughts on the issues he had last season, Van de Beek said, “Last season and the last few months were difficult because I was injured and I couldn’t train and play a lot. So it’s really nice to be back and training hard.”
Meanwhile, a stunning report by Manchester Evening News’ Samuel Luckhurst said that Van de Beek’s agent had conceded that the player was naïve to accept the assurances given to him by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Luckhurst states, “Donny van de Beek’s erstwhile agent privately concedes he was naïve to have swallowed what Solskjaer was shovelling about the Dutchman’s lack of playing time.”
Van de Beek was all set to be looking for a new club after the treatment handed out to him, but decided to stay on in a decision that could turn his fortunes around with his former coach at Ajax, Erik ten Hag, joining the club in a managerial role.
Van de Beek concluded his interview by stating how it feels to be back and play in front of the Old Trafford crowd, “It’s always special. It’s such a nice stadium with amazing fans and I’m really looking forward to the first league game.
“They (the fans) are really important. If you feel the power from the fans, it gives us a lot more energy and confidence, so the fans mean a lot for our team.”