In light of Van de Beek's ability in transitions and one-twos, fans were perplexed to see United passing sideways and slowly.
However, Van de Beek's fortunes could change if Rangnick takes the reins.
During the first match, the German coach used a 4-2-2-2 formation with two number 10s behind the forwards and in front of the holding midfielders. In the course of his coaching career, he has relied heavily on this setup.
Bruno and Sancho both scored 10s for Manchester United against Crystal Palace, but the team has a wide range of players who can step in for them.
United may soon feel like they have a brand new player without having to enter the transfer market if the Dutch midfielder is one of them.
Manchester United's £40 million deal with Ajax in the summer of 2013 was widely regarded as a transfer coup.
Van de Beek came from a distinguished family. During the 2018/19 season, he was part of the Ajax team that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League while also winning the Eredivisie and the KNVB Cup.
With his versatility as a number 10, eight, or even both of Erik ten Hag's pivots, he was a key cog in Erik's team.
It didn't matter that De Jong had left United for Barcelona in the previous season; in 37 games across all competitions, he netted 10 goals and set up 11 others.
The Dutchman, on the other hand, has had a very different experience. In Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's final months, he was largely relegated to a bench role, much to the dismay of his supporters.
Not even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemed to know where he should play in the United midfield, as they struggled to find a balance that worked. The unsatisfactory conclusion, according to Van de Beek, was that he primarily served as Bruno Fernandes' backup.
Content created and supplied by: Chester_Boss (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More