sport news Averaging as many tackles per game as Matic... Van de Beek looks a perfect fit ...

are set to sign their first player of the summer transfer window with a £40million capture of Ajax star Donny van de Beek nearing completion.

The Old Trafford club are hopeful of wrapping up a deal for the midfielder in the coming days having offered him a five-year contract.

He was also heavily linked with before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic but now looks set for a move to the Premier League.

But where will the Dutch international fit in at United? Here, Sportsmail examines the options available to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he attempts to build a side capable of challenging for the Premier League title. 

Manchester United are set complete the £40million capture of Ajax star Donny van de Beek

are set complete the £40million capture of Ajax star Donny van de Beek

The Netherlands midfielder looks a perfect fit in United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first XI

The Netherlands midfielder looks a perfect fit in United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first XI

Where would Van de Beek fit in at ?

Simply put, the 23-year-old plays in a position that for many would not have been a priority at the start of the transfer window. 

But that does not mean his signing does not come with a plethora of perks that could be used to United's advantage in Solskjaer's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.

Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba formed an excellent understanding in United's midfield after the Premier League restart in June.

The versatile Van de Beek - described as a classic box-to-box midfielder - is almost certainly likely to enter that midfield trio now as a player who can can operate in a central or attacking role.

The 23-year-old could operate in a midfield two with Paul Pogba with Bruno Fernandes as no.10

The 23-year-old could operate in a midfield two with Paul Pogba with Bruno Fernandes as no.10

Nemanja Matic could therefore be the biggest victim of the Dutchman's arrival, with Van de Beek more than capable of playing the creative outlet in a pivot, with Pogba functioning in his usual box-to-box role and with Fernandes playing as the No 10. 

While also possessing the ability to play anywhere across the middle, the Netherlands international could be the link between the defence and the forward line as well as the man to trouble the best of defences by making late runs into the box to score goals himself. 

He managed to net on 10 occasions across all competitions last season, including eight in the Eredivisie and one apiece in the Champions League and Europa League, and could therefore improve United's productivity in attacking areas.

The Dutchman scored 10 goals and recorded 11 assists for the Eredivisie side last season

The Dutchman scored 10 goals and recorded 11 assists for the Eredivisie side last season

So why have United decided to sign him? 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is well aware that a fantastic first XI will not be sufficient in challenging Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League this season.

The Norwegian will expect younger stars like Mason Greenwood to drop off at some point this season and its one of the many reasons United have publicly

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