Club friendlies offer a great platform to test out new players, new settings, and new plays before the start of a fresh season, which enables efficient decisions once the competition kicks off.
Whilst there’s an increased chance of defeat, a team and their coach can learn a lot with no cost on their reputation.
Man Utd have thus suffered a defeat in their friendly game against Aston Villa on Saturday, losing 1-0 to the hosts. Regardless of which, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stood optimistic as he found some key takeaways from the friendly clash, claiming ‘the result wasn’t the main thing’.
One of the facets of the game which the Norwegian was excited about was undoubtedly the performance of Donny van de Beek in his fresh atmosphere. The star who arrived at Old Trafford from Ajax in a £40m deal was crucially assessed by the gaffer, as the player showcased his skills mid-game.
The manager was full of praises for the 23-year-old following the final whistle, describing how efficiently the player finds pockets of space and time for himself to execute various plays. The gaffer hence believed the star was the ‘biggest plus’ in the outfield.
Following the footprints of the club manager, the supporters who were amazed by the brilliance of their new asset, glorified how sharp he is during the game by flooding the social media with reactions.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 13, 2020
I just hope De Bruyne isn’t watching this Van de Beek performance that I’m watching because he won’t be getting any sleep tonight
— ‘ (@vintageredss) September 12, 2020
What a beautiful sight seeing Donny van de Beek walk around with number 34. I want him to succeed there so badly.
— (@TheEuropeanLad) September 12, 2020
Whilst the hype failed to reflect on the scoreline, the club firmly believes they have a stronger chance at the title this season, with the new midfield addition showing hints of being a storehouse of surprises.