Donny van de Beek started for Manchester United in the defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Dutchman started alongside Bruno Fernandes and Juan Mata behind tow strikers as part of a mouth-watering line up which looked to guarantee chance creation and goals.
It just did not work. United could not get anything going against Basaksehir.
Van de Beek was substituted after 60 minutes along with Mata.
Pundit views on Van de Beek
Owen Hargreaves told BT Sport’s post-game coverage he was impressed with Van de Beek’s performance.
Hargreaves said: “Van de Beek kept the ball moving. He was sharp. I was surprised he went off.”
Paul Scholes and Robin van Persie were more lukewarm on Van de Beek’s performance.
Scholes said: “I though he was alright, kept the ball well. He didn’t really get into the final third as much as you would have liked.”
Van Persie added: “He played OK tonight, nothing special. He was moving a lot, helped the ball tick.
“He wasn’t arriving in the danger zones, [but] you have to receive the ball at the right moment as well.”
What the numbers say
Unlike Bruno Fernandes, Van de Beek did actually create a chance – and played 30 minutes fewer.
The Dutchman completed 93 per cent of his passes, while Fernandes only recorded 73 per cent.
He made two tackles and one interception, and was heavily involved in United’s build up play, making 81 touches in 60 minutes, compared to Mata’s 34.
This was a quietly effective match from Van de Beek, and while it was not a surprise to see him taken off, it was not necessarily a fair call.
He should be under consideration to start against Everton at the weekend, possibly at the expense of out of form Fernandes.
One of these days Van de Beek will start – and complete 90 minutes.
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