Lost amid the late drama of Manchester United’s victory at Brighton was a key contribution from Donny van de Beek.
Van de Beek was brought on in the 89th minute to replace Anthony Martial, and that was all he needed to make an impact.
After Brighton equalised in injury time, United’s heads did not drop. Van de Beek helped United drive forward.
It was Van de Beek who forced the corner which led to United’s late winner.
This showed how important a player the Dutchman can be to United, with his ability to create danger in the final third.
He already has a goal for United, netting against Crystal Palace on his debut after coming off the bench.
More impact players needed
Van de Beek is a player who is good enough to be a regular starter for Manchester United.
He has not started any of the Premier League games so far, but this is a positive problem to have.
Over the course of the season, and his five year deal, Van de Beek will see more than his fair share of action.
What United need, are more players like Van de Beek on the bench capable of changing the game.
The rest of United’s outfield substitutes against Brighton were Fred, Eric Bailly, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay.
Lingard is the only other one of these who can be classed as an attacking player, and United fans are well aware of his limitations.
Dan James, Juan Mata, and Odion Ighalo all failed to make the match day squad.
It is late now in the transfer window, but United need to find more impact players. The £39 million spent on Van de Beek looks money well spent already.
This is one of the reasons to shell out on Jadon Sancho. If he is signed, then United can afford to shift either Marcus Rashford or Mason Greenwood to the bench.
Suddenly United’s options to change a game become stronger by having one of them in reserve, able to come on with 20 minutes to go. Both needed just 11 minutes in midweek to get on the scoresheet.
Ahead of the transfer deadline, Van de Beek’s contribution proves a valuable point.
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