Manchester United new boy Donny van de Beek would have been a disaster at Real Madrid.

That is according to former Ajax youth coach Ruben Jongkind, who mentored him during his time at the club.

The Netherlands international swapped life in Amsterdam for Lancashire after agreeing a five-year contract with the Red Devils.

He marks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing this summer after he made a creative midfielder a priority.

The Red Devils have won the race for the midfielder, with Real Madrid, Tottenham and Barcelona all interested.

But Jongkind reckons he would not have had a great time at the Bernabeu.

Donny van de Beek has signed for Manchester United

He told the Manchester Evening News: “He will be challenged, the average age in the Premier League is probably around 26 or 27, but I think he has shown in European campaigns that he has enough skills to play at the highest level.

“He likes a challenge and he has this mindset that he wants to go further every time.

"I think this is a better time than, for example, [Justin] Kluivert to AS Roma, that was too early.

“It is also a good club to move to. United have a history of bringing in youth players, I think it’s a great choice, much better than Real Madrid, I think that would have been a disaster.

“The playing style is more akin to Donny at United than Real Madrid as well.”

Meanwhile, Solskjaer has urged United chiefs to act smart in the transfer window and sign the right characters.

Van de Beek was linked with a move to Real Madrid

“We've come quite the distance since February,” Solskjaer said. “But you saw how tired you were towards the end. We need the break.

“It's going to be a strange summer. The market is open for so long. We've got to be good, smart and clever.

“We're looking at it. I can't say when and if they're going to be done. It's a quick turnaround. We have to be 100 per cent sure when we make those deals.

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“We definitely need to improve if we want to move up the table and on in the cups. We are working to improve what we have. We're always looking to improve the squad.

“It's not about marquee signings, it's about quality. You need the right personality to make us better.

"We might look at it today and see where we need to improve. Maybe today showed that they have to learn and get the consistency.”