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Donny van de Beek: Midfielder boosts chances of more Man Utd game time

The Red Devils were not in vintage form against Watford in the FA Cup but the Netherlands midfielder did enough to impress his manager.

Donny van de Beek in action against Watford Donny van de Beek in action against Watford
9:35am on Sunday 10th January 2021
Chris Myson

Manchester United did not set pulses racing as they defeated Watford in the FA Cup, but they did at least get the job done.

An early goal from stand-in captain Scott McTominay ultimately proved enough to earn Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men a 1-0 win at Old Trafford and a place in the fourth round.

The cup contest gave Donny van de Beek - whose usage has been subject to huge debate this season after he joined from Ajax - a rare chance to shine from the start.

Let's take a look at how he fared.

Manchester United 1-0 Watford: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

📷 Donny van de Beek: Match Snapshot

A ⏱️ 43’ Having been involved with a nice touch earlier in the move, Van de Beek produced a brilliant flick to set up a chance for Juan Mata, who was denied by goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann to prevent the Netherlands international from earning an assist.

Van de Beek played in a holding midfield role alongside McTominay (8.0). While he would prefer to be playing further up the pitch, it is a position he has said he is happy to play in.

The 23-year-old performed well, even when doing the dirty work. He had a game-high 11 recoveries and won two of his three tackles as well as five of his nine duels.

Van de Beek impressed with his passing, completing a superb 95% - the best rate of any starter for either side - of the 74 he attempted

〽️ Van de Beek: Rating Week-on-Week


That all worked out at an impressive 7.9 FC Rating for Van de Beek.

It was a significant improvement on the 6.2 he mustered when playing out on the left the last time he was handed a United start against Everton in the EFL Cup.

While the positive display came against Championship opposition, he will hope to gain momentum from his best rating of the season so far.

🗝️ Key Stats

Van de Beek match stats

FC Rating7.9Rank #3
Mins Played90
Passes74Rank #2
Recoveries11Rank #1

Van de Beek: What Next?

Van de Beek will hope his performance has moved himself into Solskjaer's thoughts for the Premier League game against Burnley on Tuesday.

An even bigger test awaits next weekend as United face champions Liverpool and Van de Beek will hope that is not another big game where he is left watching from the sidelines.

The fitness of Paul Pogba, who missed the Watford game through injury, could impact his chances of selection.

Either way, though, this outing - his first full 90 minutes since November - has given Van de Beek something to build from.

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