4-2-3-1: How Man United could line up with Donny van de Beek in midfield

4-2-3-1: How Man United could line up with Donny van de Beek in midfield
donny van de beek man united line-up xi

Man United sealed a deal for Donny van de Beek, now, we look at how he fits into the starting XI…

Donny van de Beek is here, now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will undoubtedly be planning on how he’s going to utilise his new midfield maestro.

The Dutchman, 23, defines midfield versatility. He can play in that true box-to-box role while getting stuck in ala Fred. However, he’s probably best-used further afield, picking out the passes, creating chances and breaking the lines to get in on goal.

In that regard, the problem is Bruno Fernandes is playing out of this world in that attacking-midfield spot. That leaves the Baby Faced Assassin with a decision to make – and this is how we feel he’ll go about it…

It’s worth noting that we’re basing this line-up on everyone being fit, and it’s only a potential team Solskjaer could use. We’re not saying he’ll start like this every game, it’s just our thoughts.

Check out the potential Man United XI including Donny van de Beek here:

predicted man united xi donny van de beek line-up

So yeah, the first thing to note is the formation. With Van de Beek, United will switch from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1. It’s only a small change, though it is an adjustment that may take getting used to.

It’s obviously far more attacking. It relies on the defence, namely Harry Maguire, taking it up a notch and performing at a higher level. I don’t doubt our captain will do that.

Sure, more goals will be conceded, but look at the potential with this team. Paul Pogba will sit a little deeper in that ‘quarterback role’, while Van de Beek will also be tasked with getting stuck in on the defensive end. I’d like Fernandes higher up the field where he can affect the game with his passing and chance creation abilities.

Van de Beek has an engine on him and covering every blade of grass on both sides of the ball shouldn’t be a problem. Yes, it may take him some time to get up to speed in the Premier League, but this system looks strong.

When you need a more structured, defensive system, you can switch out whichever midfielder isn’t performing and bring in a Nemanja Matic or Scott McTominay. Don’t forget you’ve also got Fred on the bench, who offers another dimension.

Suddenly our midfield is looking in excellent shape. Now, we need to add depth out wide and in defence. I like it. What do you guys think?