Donny van de Beek is happy to continue in a deeper midfield role for Manchester United after producing his best performance for the club in the win over Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Netherlands international started alongside Fred at the base of United’s midfield and his assertive passing and desire to move the ball forward caused the Turkish champions plenty of problems.
Van de Beek helped to establish United’s control of proceedings and he was one of the standout performers in the 4-1 win that keeps United in control of Group H.
So far the summer signing has tended to play as a stand-in for Bruno Fernandes in the attacking midfield role, but he played behind the Portuguese playmaker at Old Trafford on Tuesday and is happy to continue in a position he also thrived in at times for Ajax.
“It was really good. Some games I play No.10, sometimes the coach needs me in the control position, that’s fine for me, sometimes in Ajax I was also playing in that position so it’s OK,” Van de Beek told MUTV.
United played some scintillating first-half football and led 3-0 at the break thanks to a Fernandes double and Marcus Rashford’s penalty.
Deniz Turuc’s free-kick reduced the deficit and set up a nervy finish, before Daniel James sealed the three points in stoppage time.
Van de Beek, who completed 90 minutes for just the second time in a United shirt, was delighted with some of the football his side produced but warned against the sloppiness on show late in the game.
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“I think it’s a good reaction from the away game, 4-1 at home, you can be happy,” he said. “First half was really good, especially the first 30 minutes, we played really nice football, scored really nice goals.
“Second half we lose too many balls, we gave them some chances, but last five minutes we control the game again and we make a nice goal [for the fourth].”