Donny van de Beek had a picturesque moment for Manchester United.
The Red Devils did not have to rely on dramatic VAR intervention to seal their second win over Brighton and Hove Albion in less than a week. The Carabao Cup fixture ended 3-0 in favour of the Mancunian giants with goals from Scott McTominay, Juan Mata, and Paul Pogba providing the talking points for the game.
United did have their slow moments during the match and Brighton certainly looked to challenge early on in the second-half. However, substitutions from Ole Gunnar Solskjær saw the cup-tie through yet again.
Incidentally, the fixture also saw another game that Donny van de Beek started in and the Dutchman certainly provided his moment of excellence.
After a good spell of play in both halves, de Beek’s key contribution came deep into the second-half. The substitutions of Pogba and Marcus Rashford had brought in much-needed dynamism to the attack.
Sure enough, a positive moment of play saw the ball being flung across the wing. De Beek had a brief instance of contact at that point, executing a deft backheel pass to Juan Mata. The Spaniard was calm in his execution and buried it into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
Fan were extremely pleased with de Beek’s effort and took to social media to heap praises on him.
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Lovely backheel assist from Donny van de Beek for Juan Mata who has made it 2-0 for Manchester United.
That’s 1 official goal and 1 official assist for Donny so far, without being a starter for the ‘main team’.
— (@TheEuropeanLad) September 30, 2020
Van de beek assist?? Someone tell De bruyne to come out. We just wanna talk…
— Lατιf (@iLatif_) September 30, 2020
Van de beek that assist man….
— ™️ (@RealistGlizzy) September 30, 2020
Already the former Ajax player has displayed just why United purchased him. His midfield intelligence has been excellent and it is tiny moments like these that will go on to make a sizable difference over the long run.
The Red Devils next face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and it will be interesting to see if this performance tempts Solskjær to start him alongside Bruno Fernandes and Pogba at Old Trafford on Sunday.