Manchester United fans have taken to Twitter this morning to express delight over Donny van de Beek’s performance in United’s 5-0 trashing of RB Leipzig in Wednesday’s Champions League clash.
This was Van de Beek’s first start throughout the month of October and he did not let the team down.
His smooth performance during a somewhat cagey affair in the first half was such a joy to behold for the United fans.
The Netherlands international showed an exceptional level of calmness and composure when closed down by the extremely high pressing Leipzig team.
Donny was taken off in the 67th minute and was replaced by Bruno Fernandes, and he gave Ole plenty of reasons to start him more often.
Fernandes came into the cation fresh and ready to cause some havoc after Van de Beek had already taken off the pressure by playing the first hour.
The Dutchman’s quality speaks volumes of itself as he came very close to scoring early in the second half after getting on the end of a good cross into the six-yard box.
In just 67 minutes played, Van de Beek created two chances and completed three key dribbles.
Manchester United fans are quite aware of the quality he possesses and have started to question Ole’s decision to constantly leave him out if the starting XI.
No doubt this was Donny’s most important Manchester United game and he passed with flying colors.
It is only fair to say this was a top quality performance from the youngster, and it should remind Ole to start him more often.
It always seemed a case of Van de Beek having to earn Solskjaer’s trust, and he took a step forward with this contribution.
The manager told the club website: “Donny is a fantastic player and a fantastic boy and you see the work he puts down, both on and off the ball.
“You see the defensive shape with him, he covers the ground, he’s so clever with his movement.”
This was no easy cameo as United ran riot. He played and put in a real shift during the toughest spell of the game.
It will always be tough for him if he is competing directly against Fernandes, but in a four-man diamond midfield, United can surely get them both into the same line up at some stage.
Here is a look at the reaction to Donny van de Beek’s performance.
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