Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek could become undroppable like Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller, says Owen Hargreaves


Van de Beek started his first Champions League game against Leipzig (Picture: Getty Images)

Owen Hargreaves says once Donny van de Beek has nailed down his starting berth at Manchester United, he could, similarly to Bayern’s Thomas Muller, become undroppable.

The Dutchman started his first Champions League game for the club in Wednesday night’s 5-0 destruction of RB Leipzig, putting in an assured performance at the top of United’s midfield diamond.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken flak for Van de Beek’s limited role, as he is yet to start a Premier League match since making the £40million move from Ajax back in the summer.

Muller is one of football’s most versatile players (Picture: Getty Images)

But former Red Devils and Bayern midfielder Hargreaves believes that Van de Beek’s versatility and wide range of abilities makes him an invaluable asset going forward.

‘I think he’s a really good player,’ Hargreaves told BT Sport.

‘He hasn’t had the opportunity to show it. He could be like what Thomas Muller is for Bayern Munich – the style.

‘Everybody tried to get Thomas Muller out of the team, but once he’s in, you can’t get him out in terms of goals, assists, he’s very unselfish, he can press the ball, he works in a midfield three, he can play as an 8 or a 10.

‘[Van de Beek] is one of those… once he’s in the team, Ole is going to find it hard to get him out.’

Solskjaer also talked glowingly about Van de Beek and Paul Pogba’s performances in midfield against Leipzig.

‘Donny is a fantastic player and a fantastic boy,’ the Norwegian boss told BT Sport after the game.

‘You see the work he puts down both on and off the ball, you see the defensive shape with him, he covers the ground and he’s so clever with his movement.

‘So I’m so pleased with both of them.’

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