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Van de Beek got a rare start as Manchester United welcomed West Ham United to Old Trafford in the 5th round of the FA Cup, with Bruno Fernandes rested and Paul Pogba injured.
The former Ajax midfielder hasn't had a great start to life in England and his troubles continued in midweek, in what was only his 11th start in all competitions for Solskjaer's side.
After a less than inspiring performance, which could go for his teammates too, the Dutchman was inevitably removed after 73 minutes, with the game locked at 0-0, by Fernandes.
The moment that Van de Beek was substituted was nigh on heartbreaking, with the 23-year-old looking towards the substitutes board with a resigned look on his face.
Feel sorry for van de beek pic.twitter.com/c3eTUzQOyK- Hamza :green_heart::blue_heart::heart: (@HS24OFFICIAL) February 9, 2021
I sad for Van de beek waa- GYAN☠️ (@moen_tis) February 9, 2021
Donny Van De Beek honestly looks like a broken man... and he played like one as well.- Stretford Paddock (@StretfordPaddck) February 9, 2021
Kinda sad to see.
Van de Beek looking over to see his number on the board. pic.twitter.com/1W4oQJ6NcY- Paddy Power (@paddypower) February 9, 2021
Donny Van de Beek's game by numbers vs. West Ham:- Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 9, 2021
84% pass accuracy
1 duel won
0 chances created
Lacking in confidence. https://t.co/9W1Ax1QyTQ
Donny Van de Beek at Ajax vs Donny van de Beek at United pic.twitter.com/aoEro3jiaN- Hughesy (@L95Hughes) February 9, 2021
:tired_face: Donny van de Beek was flagged offside (2) more times than he managed shots and key passes combined (1)- WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) February 9, 2021
:repeat: Subbed off after 72 tough minutes #FACup
The midfielder has twice been on the verge of a move to Real Madrid but when it broke down last year for the second time it gave Untied the opportunity to pounce.
Van de Beek cost a reported initial £35 million with an extra £5 million in add ons.
Solskjaer often played Fred and Scott McTominay together in central midfield at the beginning of the season, with Fernandes further forward, and the return to form of Paul Pogba has only hampered the Dutchman's chances of breaking into the first team.
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