The Dutchman’s move to Old Trafford is expected to be announced in the next 24 hours after the midfielder passed a medical in Amsterdam on Monday.
United moved quickly to secure the midfielder for a fee of £40m once it became clear that Real Madrid were no longer willing to sign the midfielder due to the financial impact of the global pandemic.
Barcelona had been tipped to make the most of their rivals’ decision to backtrack on a deal for Van de Beek, particularly given the midfielder’s former international manager Ronald Koeman had taken charge at the Camp Nou.
However, Barcelona had other priorities and after an uncertain summer, Van de Beek consulted close friend De Jong about a move to Old Trafford.
‘I spoke to Donny [Van de Beek] about his transfer,’ admitted De Jong.
‘This is a beautiful transfer and we are all very happy for him.
‘Did he ask me for advice? No, no, he can think by himself.’
The midfielder is United’s first signing of the summer but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants at least two further arrivals, with a centre-back and right winger considered a priority.
Jadon Sancho is the club’s first choice but United will attempt to talk Dortmund down from their £108m valuation of the winger.
Elsewhere, Dayot Upamecano, the RB Leipzig centre-back, is a target in defence.