Donny van de Beek has Dean Henderson to thank for his #34 jersey at Manchester United
Brought in for £40.3million, Van de Beek is United’s first major signing of the summer. Having brought in Bruno Fernandes in January, the United midfield is in much better shape now than it was last summer.
The 23-year-old donned the number 6 jersey at Ajax Amsterdam. He was keen to switch to number 34 at United. Thanks to Dean Henderson, he can do just that.
According to the report, Van de Beek’s choice is a tribute to his close friend and former Ajax teammate Abdelhak Nouri. The youngster has been in a coma since collapsing in 2017 in a match against Werder Bremen.
“I decided to take his old number on my shirt. I want to get good memories with this number.”
Nouri donned the number 34 for Ajax and Van de Beek was keen to do the same at United. The number was previously allotted to Henderson, who recently penned fresh terms with the club.
Van de Beek’s gesture speaks volumes of the player as a person. Despite his meteoric rise, he isn’t far removed from reality and is keen to pay homage to his close friend.
We are hopeful that the Dutchman will do justice to the number and lead the club to much glory in the coming years. If anything, Van de Beek’s heart is at the right place.
As long as he continues to wear the number with distinction, the Dutchman will keep his friend’s memory as a footballer alive.
More Manchester United News
- Napoli reject Manchester City’s bid for Kalidou Kaoulibaly amidst United interest
- Twitter reacts as Manchester Untied sign Donny dan de Beek
- Manchester United keen on Inter Milan star Milan Skriniar
Credit is also to be given to Henderson to acceding to the request. The goalkeeper has made it no secret that he plans to compete for the number one position at United.
Something tells us that David de Gea will not be so charitable in handing over his number to the young Englishman.