Rafael van der Vaart thinks Frenkie de Jong would do well to leave for Manchester United. The former Dutch international also thinks he knows how De Jong cannot always reach his normal level at FC Barcelona.
After his strong performances against Belgium and Wales, it is again a lot about De Jong. Does national coach Louis van Gaal use the midfielder better than Barça trainer Xavi? “Yes, but I always think that‘s a bit of an excuse,” Van der Vaart starts at Ziggo Sport. “He’s so good, he should also be able to play at eight and then you don‘t have to hand in the ball. He does that at Barcelona. Of course, it’s pretty how he plays now, but he‘s so good at Orange because he’s the only one who can do this. At Barcelona, Frenkie stands with players who can do the same as him, then you have to have a shit-to-everything attitude. He did too little of that.”
Meanwhile, the rumors about a De Jong move to Man United are becoming more and more powerful. “If he had to choose today, I would go to United if I were him,” says Van der Vaart. “Whether Frenkie can handle in the Premier League? Everyone always says the game goes so fast there, but I think it‘s a mecca for midfielders. Hardly anyone covers through and there is a lot of space. It looks very fast because there is a lot of ball loss”, says the former player of Tottenham Hotspur.
“A transfer to United is, of course, ideal. Then you have a trainer who knows exactly what you can and cannot do,” Van der Vaart continues. “United does need a bit of quality, I think. Imagine, Frenkie is leaving Barcelona right now. Did he succeed then? He will also think: no, I have to stay. As long as those other guests are walking there, he alone may not be in place near Barcelona. At United, Frenkie is going to have more of what he has with Orange: that he is the only one in his zone.”
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