Here are your Manchester United morning headlines for Sunday, 13 September.
Solskjaer praises van de Beek debut
Donny van de Beek made his first appearance for Manchester United in Saturday’s friendly defeat against Aston Villa.
The Dutchman has been the only summer arrival at Old Trafford to date and lined up for the first time in the loss against Villa, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer analysing his performance.
“Donny was maybe the biggest plus outfield,” Solskjaer told MUTV, as cited by the MEN. “He’s such a finder of space and creates time for himself with his timing and movement. I was very happy with his performance.
“Yeah, of course we expect more of them to be match fit because the international players who didn’t travel today didn’t have the minutes and we’ll get a few more back.
“I think in the first-half we played some good stuff, created chances and the most important thing is valuable minutes. This pre-season is such a strange and different one for us. We’ve had two weeks back and it’s only one week until we start the league.
“Of course, [playing in the] Europa League will help us in that respect. Players who have played over the summer don’t really need that much and some of the international games helped us, you could clearly see that some of them needed minutes.”
Henderson squad number confirmed?
Goalkeeper Dean Henderson has penned a new long-term contract at United and is expected to compete with David De Gea for the number one spot this campaign.
As highlighted by the MEN, United appear to have confirmed that the youth graduate will wear the number 26 shirt for United this term.
Henderson – who was an unused substitute in England’s Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark last week – was shown as wearing No. 26 in United’s team graphic for Saturday’s friendly against Villa.
Van de Beek could have Fernandes impact
The addition of van de Beek in United’s midfield this season could have a similar impact to that of Bruno Fernandes, as argued by the MEN.
The central-midfielder was influential in Saturday’s friendly clash against Aston Villa – particularly in a midfield two along with Scott McTominay in the first half.
The Dutchman looks set to play an influential role for United this campaign.
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