Manchester United bounced back from their disappointing 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday to beat Luton 3-0 in the EFL Cup.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side progressed to the fourth round of the competition but it wasn’t quite as easy as the scoreline suggests.
Crashing out of the competition would have heaped pressure on Solskjaer following their poor start to the Premier League season.
And the United boss was clearly aware of that as he played a strong side for the trip to Kenilworth Road.
But there was one player that United fans were excited to watch more than any other - Donny van de Beek.
To the fans’ annoyance, Van de Beek is the only signing the club have made this summer with the Dutchman costing £40 million. But he’s an exciting signing nonetheless.
He marked his Man Utd debut with a goal as he came off the bench to score during United’s loss to Crystal Palace.
How would he fare in his full debut against Luton?
Well, he earned the Man of the Match award and showed glimpses of his quality.
He played ahead of both Fred and Nemanja Matic, having the license to go forward and create chances of the likes of Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Odion Ighalo.
He was bright throughout and some of his off-ball movement was world-class. His best moment came when he produced a superb dummy, allowing Mata to shoot on target.
He did something similar shortly afterwards as he span and looked for Mata to thread him through inside the penalty area.
Overall, it was definitely a promising performance during his 73 minutes and you can check out his individual highlights below:
And this was some of the best reaction on social media:
Perhaps harshly, the Manchester Evening News handed Van de Beek a 6/10 rating and wrote: “Encouraging with and without the ball and selflessly fashioned a chance for Juan Mata and had an effort stopped by James Shea.”
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