Donny van de Beek's heartwarming Man United shirt number choice explained

Donny van de Beek is set to join Manchester United from Ajax for £40.3m.

The Dutch midfielder is set to pick the No.34 shirt at Manchester United in tribute to ex-Ajax teammate Abdelhak Nouri.

Van Beek is on the verge of making a move to Old Trafford after he completed his medical on Monday.

The 23-year old has agreed on a long-term contract with the Red Devils and would be reportedly earning £110,000 a week.

There are question marks over Van Beek’s United shirt number, as the No.6 is occupied by Paul Pogba and No.8 by Juan Mata.

But according to MailOnline, the midfielder will don the No.34 in tribute to Nouri who suffered permanent brain damage against Werder Bremen in July 2017.

Nouri who used to wear the No.34 shirt in Ajax was in a coma for three years and currently is recovering at home.

Van de Beek said: ‘I find it hard to talk about because I hold these things in.

‘When I’m sad, I pull back. I’ve never had the need for a psychologist, because my friends and family are enough for me. They are always there for me and they listen to me when I need it. I’ve learned who is always there for me.

‘Appie was a super happy kid, that wasn’t focused on himself, but mostly on the people around him.

‘He was good for others, a great player and a great person. When he got older he visited prisons to get young people on the right path and point them to their opportunities.

‘And he took all the time in the world for people with illnesses and children with disabilities. I will always remember that.

‘I thought the most beautiful thing was that he did it out of the sight of camera’s and photographers.

‘When my brother Rody was ill, Appie showed a lot of interest as well. And he got pleasure out of taking his little sisters to school and picking them up, and buying presents for them. He did anything for his sweet family.

‘I still wonder why it had to happen to him.

‘Obviously I don’t want things like that to happen to anybody, but it seems it always hits the good people.

‘Appie always wanted the best for everybody and he absolutely did not deserve this. It makes me feel powerless and angry.’

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