Owen Hargreaves hailed Donny van de Beek’s performance as “close to perfect” in Manchester United’s comfortable 4-1 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir.
The midfielder was only making his fifth start to the season after joining the club on a £ 40million contract this summer, but he was impressed with a deeper role alongside Fred.
The Dutchman joined in offensive threats from Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford and played a key role in United’s fourth goal with a smooth pass against Mason Greenwood, who crossed paths with Daniel James to finish.
Donny van de Beek shone as Manchester United beat Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1 on Tuesday
BT Sport specialist Owen Hargreaves described the midfielder’s performance as “close to perfect”
Van de Beek has struggled to find his way into the first team since his summer arrival from Ajax, but BT Sport specialist Hargreaves believes he may have played his part in Ole’s starting XI Gunnar Solskjaer for Sunday’s game against Southampton.
Hargreaves said the 23-year-old’s performance was “close to perfect”, while compatriot Rio Ferdinand was also impressed.
“Van de Beek is so selfless he can just fit in,” said Hargreaves.
“I think it played out in the starting lineup.
The Dutchman was only making his fifth start to the season since his £ 40million summer move
Rio Ferdinand was also impressed with the 23-year-old’s performance at Old Trafford
Ferdinand added: “I was really happy with him. We ourselves were impatient, but Ole showed why he was given so much consideration.
“He’s the only player who can play two touches with one touch and keep it simple. He sacrifices parts of his game to help other people and you need him in big times.
“He’s the only player who will make the other players play well. “
The midfielder was confident in possession, with 88 percent passing accuracy and a total of 73 touches of the ball. He also created two chances and had a 100% dribble completion rate.
The goals from Fernandes and Rashford put United in the ascendancy before James finished the points in the 92nd minute after Deniz Turuc pulled one out for the visitors.
Although he was not entered on the scoresheet himself, it was Van de Beek who also caught the attention of Paul Scholes.
“Some of the one-touch stuff was brilliant,” said the former United midfielder.
“He had the awareness around him to find Cavani and find Marcus good balls.
“What we saw tonight was his best position. I think he’s pretty good defensively. He will be ready to try to do this. But it won’t be the defensive quality that he brings, he will bring things in the future.