Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has undergone a ‘radical transformation’ to revive his stuttering Red Devils career, ahead of his second campaign with the club.
The Dutchman was the club’s major acquisition last summer from Ajax in a £40m deal, yet went on to endure a dismal debut season at Old Trafford with game time a rarity under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The midfielder made just 19 Premier League appearances last term, largely from the bench, netting his one and only goal for the club in the opening day defeat to Crystal Palace.
An unused substitute in Manchester United‘s Europa League final defeat to Villarreal, the 24-year-old’s dreadful campaign was compounded by his absence from Euro 2020 due to injury, albeit with the Netherlands going on to crash out at the hands of Czech Republic in the last-16.
Looking to shake off what’s been an underwhelming last 12 months, Van de Beek has reportedly undergone a ‘radical transformation’ in an attempt to secure more match action in the coming season, as per The Athletic.
The report outlines how the central midfielder informed United’s medical team of his desire to ‘improve his physique’ over the summer and has begun a plan to gain ‘lean muscle’.
That project has seen the player turn to FysioConcept – an ‘elite specialised training centre in Amsterdam’ – in order to alter his physique, with Van de Beek following a ‘personalised nutrition plan and weight-based training sessions’.
His physical alteration was evident in his first pre-season appearance against Brentford last week, the player having continued his schedule following his return from Holland a few weeks ago.
The report goes on to add that the Dutch international has returned to pre-season training with more confidence and has a ‘hunger and fire’ inside of him to put right the wrongs of last term, where he simply couldn’t force his way into the starting XI.
Amid speculation regarding the future of teammate Paul Pogba – who has been the subject of interest from Paris Saint-Germain – Van de Beek could well stake his claim for a spot in Solskjaer’s midfield, alongside guaranteed starter Bruno Fernandes and a more defensive-minded option.
Recent reports have suggested the arrival of Raphael Varane could see the United boss switch from a 4-2-3-1 to a more attacking 4-3-3 this term, the much-used ‘McFred’ partnership of last term likely to see less minutes, leaving a spot open for Van de Beek to grab.