Manchester United’s defeat to Young Boys came on a night which felt like it had no positives.
The 2-1 loss leaves United up against it for the rest of the group, battling to qualify with five games left.
When the night was young, Donny van de Beek was in the starting line-up. He lasted just 45 minutes, through no fault of his own.
Van de Beek was substituted as United re-adjusted tactically following a red card in the first half.
Was it fair on him? Probably not. At the time the change was made the decision to bring on Raphael Varane seemed logical enough, but United were unable to hold onto the lead.
With hindsight it was poor decision to take the Dutchman off, as it invited too much pressure onto the defence.
How did Donny play?
Van de Beek was more than competent during the opening 45 minutes. He was tenacious in midfield, and was a positive for the side.
He made two interceptions, the same as Fred made in 90 minutes, won one tackle, and blocked one shot.
He completed 92 per cent of his passes, and it was a mature performance from a player who showed he can be trusted in situations like this.
The problem Van de Beek faces is that his opportunities do not come along too often, so it is unclear quite when his next chance will come.
He certainly did not do his case any harm, and he will hope to start at least one of the two upcoming matches against West Ham.
This was not a night Van de Beek or United will remember well, with good reason. But he should not feel personally responsible in any way for the bad result.
Here is a look at how United fans reacted to Van de Beek’s performance…
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