Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek made his first Premier League start on Sunday and the Dutchman was brilliant, against a Southampton side that made their presence known.
From the outset, it was clear the Saints would not hold back in their tackling and the Reds had to negotiate several robust challenges throughout a competitive match at St Mary’s Stadium.
Bruno Fernandes was on the receiving end of a particularly late tackle from Oriol Romeu in the first half and, thankfully, the Portuguese magnifico was unhurt, allowing him to score our vital riposte that led to Edinson Cavani’s brace sealing a remarkable 3-2 comeback victory on the south coast.
Van de Beek completed the game and was ecstatic at full-time, following a display of great fighting spirit and togetherness from United. His dynamic display in midfield deserves plenty of praise, too, capping an excellent week for him, following a similarly impressive outing against Istanbul Basaksehir.
After the final whistle, in-form Donny used his official Instagram account to share a photo of his heavily swollen left ankle – alongside a cheeky caption of “Welcome to the Premier League”.
Donny’s first Premier League start for United came with a swollen ankle.
United’s next match, is of course, against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and the Reds are determined to secure a positive result at Old Trafford, to earn our qualification from Group H.
Van de Beek came on a substitute in this season’s memorable 2-1 victory over the Ligue 1 champions in France, but it remains to be seen if the talented 23-year-old is available to feature this time around.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is due to hold a pre-match press conference at the Aon Training Complex on Tuesday and the manager may provide an update on the Dutchman’s ankle.
The exact timing of that media briefing will be confirmed in due course, but, as always, you can watch it live via Manchester United’s Official App, ManUtd.com and MUTV.