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Donny Van De Beek 'Won' Man Utd Vs Brighton Without Touching The Ball In Fascinating Analysis

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Donny Van De Beek 'Won' Man Utd Vs Brighton Without Touching The Ball In Fascinating Analysis

Donny van de Beek managed to 'win' the game for Manchester United vs Brighton without a single touch of the ball according to an incredibly detailed thread.

Van de Beek's lack of game time at Old Trafford has been a hot topic in the months since his arrival from Ajax.

The 23-year-old has featured in just 14 Premier League games this season and many have wondered if he's a fit for United's style of play.

UtdArena has analysed the Dutchman's performance on Sunday evening and shown his importance in Mason Greenwood's winner.

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Luke Shaw received the ball on the left hand side and van de Beek purposely dragged Ben White away to give Bruno Fernandes a pocket of space.

The Portuguese midfielder then plays it back to Shaw who manages to cross to Paul Pogba, with his mishit volley bouncing back into the Seagulls box.

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Mason Greenwood heads home past Robert Sanchez but his space was also opened up by van de Beek.

He managed to drag White and Lewis Dunk away from the middle of the box and leave Greenwood unopposed.


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It's a unique skill that can't necessarily be taught and it's proof van de Beek has incredible intelligence on the pitch.

Rather than focusing on magic with the ball like Fernandes, his playmaking comes from occupying space and freeing up other attackers to land a lethal blow.

The thread ends with a message of: "Donny's impact in that game-winning goal was immense. Yet, he didn't take a single touch on the ball. Playmaking is about deciding which spaces to create, creating them and then exploiting them.

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Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

"Donny showed us a perfect example of that."

Do you think Donny van de Beek deserves to be playing more games for Manchester United?

Let us know in the comments below.

Featured Image Credit: UtdArena/Twitter

Topics: Donny van de Beek, Football, Manchester United, Premier League

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