Manchester United summer signing gives Donny van de Beek an extra role

Man Utd signed Donny van de Beek in the summer transfer window but another signing might hold the key to a new role in the first-team. It is...

Man Utd signed Donny van de Beek in the summer transfer window but another signing might hold the key to a new role in the first-team.

It is understandable if Manchester United fans remain puzzled as to how the club will utilise their five new summer signings.

Donny van de Beek was joined by Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri on transfer deadline day earlier this week, while a deal is in place for highly-rated winger Amad Diallo to join at a later date.

There might well be an underlying sense of disappointment from some supporters at United's failure to strengthen three key areas in the window, with a new centre-back, defensive midfielder and proven right-winger still yet to be checked off many wish lists.

United always aimed to strengthen the overall squad as well as the starting line-up this summer with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side proving after lockdown they have the ability to beat most in the Premier League, but maybe not possessing the depth to do so every week.

Of the five summer arrivals it is Telles who has the most immediate impact on the first-team with his attacking capabilities viewed as a direct alternative to the incumbent Luke Shaw.

Many fans will be begging for Telles to start away at Newcastle next week given Shaw's horror show against Tottenham last weekend and the Brazil international could also hold the key to Van de Beek earning a regular role in the line up.

United's form dipped last season following injury to Shaw and an over-reliance on Bruno Fernandes so it makes clear sense why both Telles and Van de Beek were signed, even if not previously viewed as essential.

Van de Beek's main role this season will still come in the attacking midfield role which he shone in for Ajax, but when Fernandes and Paul Pogba are both fit it still looks as if he'll have to earn his place from the bench.

In some matches one of the midfield maestros might play, in most cases two, but Solskjaer has already hinted at all three of them playing together, something which seems more likely now Telles has joined.

"He’s a different type of left-sided player compared to Dan James and Marcus Rashford but coming inside and finding good pockets why not," Solskjaer said of the Dutch midfielder last week as a possible option on the wing.

In certain matches when United don't require the pace of Rashford on the counter-attack it makes sense to use Van de Beek on the left for a more methodical way of breaking resilient defences down, all while still having Fernandes and Pogba on the pitch too.

However, to use the former Ajax man effectively as an inverted playmaker United need width out wide and the addition of Telles as an attacking full-back is crucial in such a system.

The Brazil international's desire to perpetually overlap down the left-flank can be the perfect compliment to Van de Beek's contrasting means of attack, ensuring United are no longer a one-dimensional side to defend against.

Another contributing factor to the recent drop-off in form stemmed from two defensive full-backs who often leave United's wide options isolated and easy to double up on. Yet with such an obvious attacking threat at left-back there will now be more bodies in attack and more intelligent movement to leave opposition dumbfounded.

When looking at United's summer transfer business it is easy to pick apart the areas which remain weakened, but there is still reason for optimism in the players who did arrive, and the new system which they could unlock.

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