A real hero’s farewell: Ajax fans serenade £40m Man United signing Donny van de Beek with flares and banners in Amsterdam’s streets after Italy beat Holland… despite him being ‘pocketed by Jorginho’
- Donny van de Beek was given an emotional send-off by Ajax fans on Monday
- After Holland’s loss to Italy, Ajax fans serenaded him with songs outside ground
- Fans also let off red flares as they stopped his car from driving away
- Van de Beek clearly appreciated the gesture, clapping the fans back in return
Ajax supporters gave Donny van de Beek some send-off following Holland’s defeat by Italy on Monday night as prepared to join up with his new Manchester United team-mates.
Van de Beek signed for United in a £40million deal after emerging as one of the brightest talents around with Ajax and following his move the club’s fans made sure the Dutch star would not forget them in a hurry.
After Holland’s 1-0 loss against Italy in the UEFA Nations League, Ajax fans rocked up outside the Johan Cruyff Arena as the country’s players were leaving the stadium.
Donny van de Beek was given an emotional send-off by Ajax fans after joining Man United
Ajax fans let off red flares and serenaded him with songs as they stopped his car
And as Van de Beek drove away from the stadium, he was stopped by Ajax fans as they serenaded the 23-year-old with personal songs before letting off red flares.
The midfielder was clearly appreciative of the fans’ gesture and he got out of his car and clapped them back as they said their goodbyes.
Van de Beek joined Ajax’s academy back in 2008 and went on to become a fan favourite in Amsterdam.
The midfielder, who scored 41 goals and created 34 assists in 175 matches for the club, won the Eredivisie title in 2018-19 while also playing an instrumental role in his side’s run to the Champions League semi-finals the same season.
Van de Beek was given the impassioned send-off after struggling for Holland against Italy
Van de Beek signed for Manchester United in a £40million deal from Dutch giants Ajax
The Dutchman, who has moved to Old Trafford on a five-year contract, enjoyed an emotional ending to his night after enduring a tough time on the pitch for his country on Monday.
Van de Beek was substituted after 57 minutes against Italy following a below-par performance for Holland.
And after the final whistle, a Chelsea supporter took to Twitter to mock his performance – claiming he spent 57 minutes in ‘Jorginho’s pocket’.
This Chelsea fan mocked Van de Beek after his performance against Italy in Nations League
During his time on the pitch, Van de Beek made just five passes, completed only one successful dribble and had just one shot on target.
He will be desperate to put that performance behind him when he links up with his new United team-mates ahead of the Premier League season.
He became Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing of the summer transfer window and could form an exciting midfield partnership with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba as United look to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City.