Donny van de Beek was handed Manchester United’s captain’s armband for the last 15 minutes against Brentford.

The move raised a smile among United fans, who were glad to see the Dutchman given a moment of importance after a tough first season at Old Trafford.

Manchester United v Brentford - Pre-season Friendly
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United’s players also seemed to enjoy it. Even if Van de Beek put the armband on upside down.

Club captain Harry Maguire told him to make sure he brings him back the armband in good condition.

Teammate Juan Mata also made reference to the captaincy in a response to Van de Beek’s post-game message.

Could Van de Beek wear the armband again?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after the match with Brentford that Van de Beek is likely to start this Saturday’s friendly game away at Preston.

Nemanja Matic began the game against Brentford as captain, but he could sit out at Deepdale.


Scott McTominay will be working his way back to fitness, and United could give more game time to youngsters James Garner, Dylan Levitt, and Hannibal.

Bruno Fernandes is also likely to feature, but it could only be from the substitute’s bench as he has only had a couple of days training.

It is possible Van de Beek gets one more outing as skipper. It could end up being what he needs to boost his confidence and help him feel settled in.

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