The Red Devils announced the signing of Dutch midfielder Van de Beek on Wednesday in a £40million transfer from Ajax.
He will become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing of the summer and more are set to follow in the coming days and weeks.
Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray is a big fan of the Frenchman and says he would be a "stellar signing" for United.
So much so that he reckons Solskjaer’s men could challenge for the title next term if they sign him and add to their forward line.
“Upamecano is just unreal," Gray said on talkSPORT .
“There is all this talk about [Kalidou] Koulibaly going to Manchester City. If that happens they’re signing an outstanding, experienced 29-year-old centre-half.
“Upamecano is 21, he’s different class. He comes out from the back, he’s not frightened to play football.
“He’s just signed a new contract for them, I think it's for five or six years, but if Man United get him to play alongside Harry Maguire and those are your two centre-halves – that’s your stellar signing that I'm talking about.
“They’re all young players, who Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] is trying to sign. All young players and he’s building for the future over the next three or four seasons before they can say, ‘right, we are now title contenders’.
“That's what he's doing and if he gets Upamecano, along with Van de Beek, who is 23 years old, and I’m sure a forward player, that squad, you look at it and go: ‘now they can challenge'.
“They’re going against Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea or whoever might be at the top of the table – and they’re not underdogs even before the game has started.
“It’s a level playing field because that starting XI that Manchester United can put together is as good as what you see in the Premier League.”
United have the caveat of being able to offer potential targets Champions League football next season after scraping into the top four last term.
And Solskjaer will be hoping to use this to his advantage between now and the end of the summer transfer window at the start of October.