Donny van de Beek is one footballer everybody wants to succeed, whether it is at Manchester United or elsewhere.
Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek has had an unfortunate fall from grace over the past few years.
In 2019 he was voted number 28 in the Ballon d’Or, via Goal, which highlights the respect he has from his fellow professionals.
Van de Beek has had a tough time at Manchester United, most recently with injuries, and his peers are keen to see him succeed.
Van de Beek comeback heroics
Donny van de Beek was playing his first match since January when he came off the bench in the second half against Lyon yesterday.
It took him just four minutes to score, something he has only done twice in a Manchester United shirt in competitive matches.
Van de Beek smashed home a volley from a cross from youngster Dan Gore, and Manchester United won the match 1-0.
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It was a sweet moment for Van de Beek in a so far miserable year. He is taking the victories where he will get them.
And with his joyful moment, Van de Beek received supportive messages on Instagram from teammates past and present, at Manchester United and Ajax.
Juan Mata reached out to say, ‘yes my friend’, while Matthijs de Ligt left a heart emoji. There was even a ‘like’ on his Instagram post from Liverpool rival and Dutch pal Virgil van Dijk.
Van de Beek happy with his return
Van de Beek had written in his post, “The focus, hard work and dedication has never stopped. Just a friendly, but man that felt good after a difficult 6 months… Let’s keep pushing!”
He was voted as man of the match by Manchester United fans in a poll on the club website.
Speaking to MUTV after the game he said: “It was great, my first game after six months.
“I don’t have to tell you that after such an injury, it’s such a mentally difficult period for me and my family.
“To be back on the pitch, it was great. Of course, it’s nice if you score a goal as well but that wasn’t the most important thing, it’s an extra thing. It was just amazing too because I’ve been looking forward to this moment for months.”