Donny van de Beek was excellent against West Ham United. But now it’s time to keep that momentum going.
Manchester United Football Club were beaten in midweek, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s EFL Cup campaign ending before it ever really started.
The Old Trafford club put in a mixed performance, with the likes of Anthony Martial continuing to disappoint.
However, there was one stand out performer for me; Donny van de Beek.
The Dutchman’s time at Old Trafford has been far from ideal thus far. With many believing that all he needed was a chance to impress, preferably a prolonged spell in the side so he can build up the match sharpness while allowing the confidence to flow.
Against West Ham, we saw a Van de Beek who looked up for the challenge. The movement was crisp, the passing was sharp, the overall play looked positive – which is a stark contrast to how the Dutchman was performing last term.
Van de Beek’s moment of the match came just as Mason Greenwood entered the fray. He’d play one hell of a ball over the top of the defence, right into Greenwood’s path. Sadly, the forward couldn’t finish but it was a lovely move.
Maybe all Van de Beek needed was the summer off to clear his head and refocus. Maybe this was just a one-off, but for United, they won’t know what they have unless they try.
I firmly believe the 24-year-old United star did pretty much everything he could in midweek. Now, if Solskjaer wants to keep that confidence flowing, it’s time to give Van de Beek his chance in the Premier League.
The fans suddenly have Van be Beek’s back again. Which is also another step in the right direction. His quality has never been doubted, just look at how good he played for both Ajax and his country over the last few years.
It’s now about keeping those positive intentions flowing, while giving Van de Beek a reason to keep working hard. A start against Aston Villa this weekend would be a huge show of faith, further boosting the morale of a player who definitely needs a lift.
Whether or not that’ll come to fruition remains to be seen. After all, Solskjaer’s squad is pretty deep in midfield and Bruno Fernandes will never get dropped. Factor in the need for a defensive midfielder, either Nemanja Matic or Scott McTominay, and there’s only one slot left.
Simply put, it’s a straight shootout between Fred and Van de Beek, particularly if Paul Pogba continues to play out wide-left.
Now I actually rate Fred, but he’s just as inconsistent as Van de Beek so if we’re being fair, why not give the latter his fair crack at the whip?
This is a young man with a bright future. Let’s not destroy Van de Beek and cash in before he gets going. He’s now had a year to settle into life in the Premier League. He’s bulked up in the off-season and the confidence is back. Let’s throw him in there and see what he can do…
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