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Donny van de Beek’s plan to improve his first team chances at Manchester United

Donny van de Beek is looking to impress the Manchester United hierarchy, and hopefully improve on his desperately disappointing first season at the club, by spending the summer bulking up his physique.

The Dutchman arrived from Ajax last year for a fee of around £35m but failed to make any sort of impact at Old Trafford.

The midfielder scored on his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace but would make just four starts in the league over the campaign and not score another goal.

He made 36 appearances in total over all competitions, but the majority of these were from the bench and he didn’t find the back of the net in the FA Cup, EFL Cup or Europa League.

Far from giving up on his career at Manchester United, Van de Beek has looked to add a bit of physicality to his game and become a more imposing presence in the middle of the pitch.

The Athletic report that was working with FysioConcept in Amsterdam, following a tailored nutrition and weights training schedule.

Since returning to Manchester for pre-season training, he kept up this schedule while in quarantine and the results have been clear when pulling on a Red Devils shirt again.

The 24-year-old pulled on the captain’s armband in a friendly against Brentford and club captain Harry Maguire hoped that his new beefier arms wouldn’t ruin the band.

‘Don’t stretch that armband @donnyvdbeek,’ tweeted the England defender.

Van de Beek missed Netherlands’ Euro 2020 campaign with a groin injury but is fit and ready to go ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League campaign beginning on 14 August against Leeds United.

Competition is still fierce in midfield for Van de Beek, with Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Fred, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata all trying to squeeze their way into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team.

Van de Beek is hoping his new physique can see his muscle his way into the starting XI.

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