Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech could face his former Ajax teammate and new Manchester United signing Donny van de Beek at Old Trafford on Saturday.
They played important roles in Ajax’s successful Champions League campaign in 2018/2019, when they just fell short of reaching the final after a heartbreaking semi-final loss against Tottenham Hotspur, and now Ziyech and Van de Beek are Premier League rivals.
Their starts to their Premier League careers may have not been the ones they would’ve dreamed of, since they both have yet to start in any Premier League game so far.
But Ziyech believes Van de Beek will prove his worth to his new club despite perhaps needing some time to adapt.
“He spoke in the beginning when he moved to Manchester – [although] he didn’t speak about his situation [lack of game time],” the Morocco international said in his interview on Thursday (via Hayters YouTube channel).
“I think he will need time as well. I mean, you came from a different country, a different playstyle.
“And I know for sure it will take some time for him as well to get used to everything and to learn.
“H will bring quality to their squad over there – but for him, the most important thing is to stay calm.”
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also spoke about the need to adjust for Van de Beek but also confirmed that, if needed, the Netherlands international will be ready to be on the pitch against Chelsea tomorrow.
“Donny’s fit enough but of course, it’s competition for places,” Solskjaer told the media in his pre-match press conference on Friday (via Manchester Evening News).
“It’s [about] giving him time to settle in and adjust to his new teammates, it’s a new league.”