April 23, 2021

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The vital Van de Beek moment you might have missed for Man United vs Brighton

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Donny van de Beek played a key role in Mason Greenwood’s goal against Brighton.

The Dutchman has underwhelmed since his £40m move to Manchester United from Ajax in the summer transfer window, struggling to make the impact he would have hoped.

There have been occasional glimpses of quality from Van de Beek, though, but he’s notably failed to find the back of the net for the Reds since the opening day against Crystal Palace.

His involvement has been limited this season, although, to Van de Beek’s credit, he swiftly made an impression when substituted on for Edinson Cavani against Brighton on Sunday.

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With Bruno Fernandes entering Brighton’s box down the left-wing, Van de Beek embarked on a winding late run which caught the attention of the visitor’s centre-back Ben White.

White, who United are reportedly interested in this summer, followed Van de Beek who crucially drew him out of position, which then created the space which Greenwood would subsequently exploit.

It was an instinctive header from the 19-year-old, and while naturally, the goal made the headlines, Van de Beek’s contribution off the ball was arguably as equally as important as the assist from Paul Pogba.

Of course, it’s ironic that Van de Beek’s best moments in a United shirt recently have been through him not actually touching the ball, and that means they may have gone under the radar for some.

The midfielder’s delightful dummy against Leicester in the FA Cup allowed United to equalise on that occasion, and those two actions make it clear Van de Beek is an intelligent player.

While Van de Beek’s career at Old Trafford is truthfully yet to ignite, perhaps with a full pre-season under his belt he can find the spark, and United may have an excellent addition to their midfield just yet.

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