EPL

Van der Sar backs Van de Beek to flourish at Man Utd in emotional open letter

By Sports Desk September 03, 2020

Edwin van der Sar says Donny van de Beek has no better place to flourish than at Manchester United and asked fans to take good care of the midfielder in an emotional open letter.

Netherlands international Van de Beek completed his move from Ajax to Old Trafford on Wednesday in a deal that could eventually reach £39.1million (€44m).

Van de Beek became an influential member of an exciting Ajax side after rising through the youth ranks to break into the first team as a teenager during the 2015-16 campaign.

The 23-year-old won Eredivisie and KNVB Beker medals with Ajax, while he was part of the team that finished runners-up to his new employers in the 2017 Europa League final and the side that reached the Champions League semi-finals in the 2018-19 campaign.

Red Devils legend Van der Sar, now CEO at Ajax, talked up Van de Beek's talents in a classy message to United supporters in the Manchester Evening News.

"Dear Manchester United fans, I hope you're doing well," the former Netherlands goalkeeper wrote.

"It seems our paths have crossed again. One of ours is joining you this season. And like so many players before him, he's been with us since he was just a little boy.

"Shortly after his debut, he became one of our best. Especially the last couple of years were amazing. From the Europa League final (no hard feelings) to our Champions League run and winning the Dutch championship.

"The team he was part of showed the world who we are and what Ajax stand for.

"Like you, we pride ourselves on being one of the best at developing talent and giving young players a shot at the highest level. You could say your new star is the embodiment of that pride.

"That's one of the many reasons we don't like to see him leave, but we understand it's time for him to move on. To dream on.

"And where better to do so than in your theatre. Trust me, I know. Please take good care of Donny, and help him dream.

"Enjoy the future."

Van de Beek adds to a midfield that already boasts the talents of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, and he will hope to make his United debut when their Premier League campaign begins against Crystal Palace on September 19.

Related items

  • Tottenham need trophies to keep Spurs star Kane, insists Woodgate Tottenham need trophies to keep Spurs star Kane, insists Woodgate

    Tottenham have to start delivering trophies if they are to keep hold of star Harry Kane amid links with Manchester United and Manchester City, according to Jonathan Woodgate.

    Kane, who has said he will assess his future after the delayed Euro 2020 tournament with England, is reportedly ready to quit Tottenham in pursuit of silverware.

    The 27-year-old striker is yet to win a trophy with boyhood club Tottenham, who sacked Jose Mourinho on Monday and are set to face City in Sunday's EFL Cup final.

    Former Tottenham defender Woodgate – now head coach of Championship outfit Bournemouth – was part of the Spurs team that last won silverware via the 2008 EFL Cup.

    Woodgate insisted Tottenham must do more than beat City in the upcoming decider at Wembley to hold on to Kane, who has been linked with both Manchester clubs and Real Madrid.

    "They have to [start winning silverware] with the stadium they have built and with the players they have got," said Woodgate.

    "They have got the best striker in England in Harry Kane so they need to start winning trophies for him.

    "They're a well-run football club but they need to start soon."

    Kane reached 20 Premier League goals for a fifth season with the first of his brace against Everton last week, though he was forced off late in the 2-2 draw on Merseyside with an ankle injury.

    The England international's two goals at Goodison Park lifted him to 164 for his career in the Premier League, good enough for seventh on the competition's all-time list. Thierry Henry (175) and Frank Lampard (177) are next in his sights, while Alan Shearer sits top on 260.

    Kane sat out Spurs' 2-1 home win over Southampton on Wednesday – the first outing with temporary boss Ryan Mason in charge – and it remains unclear if he will recover in time to feature in the City showdown.

  • Concacaf announces host cities and stadiums for 2021 Gold Cup Concacaf announces host cities and stadiums for 2021 Gold Cup
    Concacaf has announced the nine stadiums in six US metropolitan areas that will host group, quarterfinal, and semifinal matches in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup. The 16th edition of Concacaf’s flagship men's international competition will crown the best men's national team in the region. 

    This announcement comes after Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas, NV) and DRV PNK Stadium (Fort Lauderdale, FL) were confirmed as the host venues for the Final (August 1) and the Prelims (July 2-6), respectively.  The 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup is a key part of the Confederation’s 60th-anniversary celebration and a vibrant summer of football, which will also include the Concacaf Nations League Finals in June. 

    “The announcement of these outstanding venues moves us a step closer to what is sure to be a great Gold Cup this summer,” said Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani. “It is fitting that in our 60th anniversary year we will use a number of stadiums with a rich history of hosting Concacaf football, while also making history with new venues that will host Gold Cup matches for the very first time.”

    “I am also extremely pleased that we have enhanced the Gold Cup format so that all the final group stage games will be played simultaneously. This will add to the competitive intensity of the tournament and provide an even more compelling spectacle for fans. Alongside the introduction of a first-ever Gold Cup Prelims and a new format in the knockout stage this is another example of our football first approach at Concacaf,” added Montagliani.

    The nine stadiums that will host group and knockout stage matches of this year’s edition of the Concacaf Gold Cup are, in alphabetical order by stadium name (previously hosted Gold Cups):
    • AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX (2009, 2011, 2013, and 2017)
    • BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX (2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019)
    • Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS (2011, 2015, 2019)
    • Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX (1993)
    • Exploria Stadium, Orlando, FL (first-time host)
    • NRG Stadium, Houston, TX (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2019)
    • Q2 Stadium, Austin, TX (first-time host)
    • State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ (2009, 2015, 2017, 2019)
    • Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX (2015, 2017, and 2019)
  • Simeone warns leaders Atleti 'cannot relax' in LaLiga title race Simeone warns leaders Atleti 'cannot relax' in LaLiga title race

    Diego Simeone warned Atletico Madrid must not relax in a "complex" LaLiga race after a 2-0 win over Huesca moved them back to the top of the table.

    Angel Correa's deflected first-half strike and a Yannick Carrasco goal 10 minutes from time at the Wanda Metropolitano on Thursday sent Atleti three points clear of Real Madrid at the summit.

    Atleti thrashed Eibar 5-0 last weekend after picking up only one point from the previous two games against Sevilla and Real Betis.

    Simeone knows there can be no let-up from his side in the battle to be crowned champions, with six games to go including a trip to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

    Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Cadiz on Wednesday had temporarily nudged Atletico down to second place.

    Atletico boss Simeone said: "LaLiga is very complex, we cannot relax, tomorrow we will take care of the Bilbao game."

    He added: "There are four teams close to being able to close a great season, Sevilla are doing well, Madrid responded well yesterday and Barcelona are playing now.

    "We are to think game by game and we are not going to change now. We think about the next game and we will try to move it forward."

    Barcelona won 5-2 against Getafe in Spain's late match on Thursday, after Simeone held his post-game news conference, and Ronald Koeman's side remain very much in the title frame, with a game in hand and a home fixture against Atletico to come next month.

    Simeone praised his players for the way they have reacted to slipping up against Sevilla and Betis.

    "After Betis I said that the team was in a moment of resistance and is growing after that game," said the former Argentina midfielder.

    Simeone reiterated that Atletico's withdrawal from a proposed European Super League was the right decision.

    "The day before the decision was made, they already told us what was going to be discussed, it seems like a great decision to me." he said.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.