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Van de Beek made a rare start as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed him a place in midfield and the Dutchman took his opportunity to shine.
He churned out an assured performance and nearly created a goal out of nothing when he picked out Juan Mata with a sensational pass.
Mason Greenwood pierced a ball to Van de Beek who produced an exquisite flick to Mata who failed to complete the move, forcing a save from Ben Foster.
Donny van de Beek pulling the strings in this move
What a goal this could have been...#EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/juuDVe5KPw
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 9, 2021
Just Donny van de Beek things... :sparkles:#EmiratesFACup @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/PthICg71YA
- Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 9, 2021
United fans loved the 23-year-old's moment of magic.
That flick by Donny...
- Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 9, 2021
Donny Van De Beek is a world class player....Man deserves to start every match for us.
- KOJO BANKZ :flag_gh: (@KoJo_Bankz99) January 9, 2021
Donny van de Beek is one smart man, he's such a silky footballer. Brings a different dimension to our midfield.
- Red Devil Bible (@RedDevilBible) January 9, 2021
Van De Beek makes the game look easy, beautiful flick
- Trey (@UTDTrey) January 9, 2021
One tweeted: "This lad deserves more play time."
A second said: "Would have been a beautiful goal."
A third wrote: "This is why we rate him so high, simple & brilliant player!"
Speaking ahead of United's cup clash against Watford, Solskjaer was asked about Van de Beek's lack of game-time at United.
"I've answered this question so many time," he said.
"There's so many examples of players needing a little bit of time, quality players. We have many examples ourselves and there are other clubs with examples. Sometimes it takes time.
"You don't expect people who care for him to be quiet at times, especially when they want the best for them."
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