Why Van de Beek was right to choose Manchester United and not Real Madrid

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Former Ajax youth team coach Ruben Jongkind has backed Donny van de Beek’s decision to join Manchester United over Real Madrid.

He believes the player will be better off at Old Trafford than at the Santiago Bernabeu as United’s playing style suits his game more than Madrid’s.

“He will be challenged, the average age in the Premier League is probably around 26 or 27, but I think he has shown in European campaigns that he has enough skills to play at the highest level,” Jongkind told Manchester Evening News.

“He likes a challenge and he has this mindset that he wants to go further every time. I think this is a better time than, for example, [Justin] Kluivert to Roma, that was too early.

“It is also a good club to move to. United have a history of bringing in youth players, I think it’s a great choice, much better than Real Madrid, I think that would have been a disaster.

“The playing style is more akin to Donny at United than Real Madrid as well.”