Loads of Man United fans talk up underutilised midfielder after Arsenal defeat

Donny van de Beek started midweek against RB Leipzig and put in a good performance.

The Dutchman didn’t exactly pull up any trees but it was an assured display.

It wasn’t much of a surprise to see him ben he’d against Arsenal on Sunday, but it will be interested to see if we see more of him now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be trialling a diamond formation.

Scott McTominay sat deep instead of Nemanja Matic against Arsenal and that was one of the reasons United lacked balance in the middle. Another reason being Paul Pogba was not very good and gave away a “stupid” penalty in the second half.

Van de Beek would have been more effective than most of our midfielders yesterday, especially given how Arsenal pressed high like dogs and made it difficult for United to play with any tempo.

Instead he was brought on too late when the game was calling for his introduction at half-time. Solskjaer waited six minutes until after Pogba conceded a penalty to bring Van de Beek.

So, 15 minutes off the bench to make an impact.

He did come close to scoring an equalise when his cross was diverted by Bernd Lenon onto the post.

The fact he’s had no starts in six United league games is disappointing to say the least. Especially when Pogba has underperformed since the beginning of the campaign.

I would like to see come in midweek against Istanbul Baseksehir, but also keep his place versus Everton on Saturday.

Here’s a number of United fans having their say on Van de Beek after yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.

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  1. Ole’s team selection is based on fear – fear of losing a game and therefore his job. Outfield defenders SIX, midfield attackers TWO, strikers TWO. What happened to Attack, Attack, Attack. Drawn games win nothing. I understand not wanting to go behind in the first half, but from a minimum 60 minutes, we should have at least 3 attacking midfielders. Fred & McTominay create nothing, score nothing, and squander possession as often as they win it. Please replace the manager, he sits uncommitted in his seat, occasionally looking at his latop. Where is Mourinho’s team now???

  2. Ole game plan…afraid losing to Arsenal … No balls..
    He should play pogba Bruno n Van the beek together..
    Man Utd should do the attacking.. Not only counter attack.. Which..
    Ole only know this..
    He’s not good enough…

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