Donny van de Beek is ‘really happy’ to be making his first Premier League start for Manchester United against Southampton at St Mary’s.
The Dutchman has perhaps been a victim of his versatility in his early United career, failing to pin down a starting spot under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But the summer signing from Ajax will finally get his chance in the league this afternoon after a series of impressive cameos and European performances.
Van de Beek is likely to operate in a midfield diamond alongside Fred, Nemanja Matic and Bruno Fernandes.
He has admitted ahead of kick-off that he has had to be patient to finally get his chance but the 23-year-old will be desperate to make his mark.
Meanwhile, Mason Greenwood partners Marcus Rashford in attack with Anthony Martial omitted from the squad entirely through illness, as per BBC Sport’s Shamoon Hafez.
See Van de Beek’s brief interview ahead of kick-off below, via Sky Sports:
🗣"Yes a lot, you always want to start, I can do that today, so I am really happy"
Donny van de Beek on his first PL start for Manchester United and having to be patient in waiting to start in the league pic.twitter.com/LFOMUdaXPt
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