Donny van de Beek shows off nasty ankle swelling as stats showcase Man United man’s quiet brilliance vs Southampton

Donny van de Beek shows off nasty ankle swelling as stats showcase Man United man’s quiet brilliance vs Southampton

Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has taken to social media this evening, to show off the extent of the swelling on his ankle, on the back of his first Premier League start.

United leave it late

The Red Devils of course made the trip to St. Mary’s earlier today, for a Premier League meeting with Southampton.

Solskjaer’s men headed into proceedings with their tails up, on the back of 3 straight wins across all competitions.

Donny van de Beek shows off nasty ankle swelling as stats showcase Man United man’s quiet brilliance vs Southampton

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United looks on as team mate Marcus Rashford of Manchester United prepares to take a penalty, leading to their team’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between Manchester United and İstanbul Basaksehir at Old Trafford on November 24, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

And, when all was said and done on Sunday, United went on to make it 4 from 4.

A drama-filled 90 minutes at St. Mary’s saw the visitors forced to fight back from 2 goals down, to secure all 3 points.

Jan Bednarek opened the game’s scoring with 23 minutes on the clock, before James Ward-Prowse doubled Southampton’s advantage courtesy of a stunning pinpoint free-kick:

The afternoon’s momentum, however, soon swung in the favour of the away side, as Bruno Fernandes slotted home Edinson Cavani’s low delivery on the hour mark.

Substitute Cavani then turned goalscorer 15 minutes from time, stooping low to nod home at the back post.

And the Uruguayan rounded out a Man of the Match performance deep into injury-time, breaking free in the Southampton box to glance a fine header beyond the clutches of Alex McCarthy.

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VDB brilliant despite ankle concern

As such, on the back of proceedings coming to a close in Hampshire, the majority of the post-match chatter has inevitably surrounded Cavani’s heroics.

Another of Manchester United’s summer additions, though, actually also played an integral role in the Reds’ comeback victory.

The player in question? Donny van de Beek.

Dutch midfielder van de Beek has of course endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford, on the back of his arrival from Ajax in September.

Today, though, after being handed his first start in the English top-flight, the 23-year-old showcased exactly why United splashed out on his signature in the first place.

Van de Beek barely put a foot wrong all afternoon, spraying accurate, well-timed passes, bursting into space with intentful runs, and breaking up Southampton attacks, amid an all-round midfield display.

Perfectly summing up the Dutch international’s brilliance is the following stat line:

Making van de Beek’s stellar showing at St. Mary’s even more impressive, meanwhile, is the fact that at least some of it came with the former Ajax man nursing some serious swelling on his ankle.

Taking to social media this evening, VDB showed off the battle scars resulting from his first full 90 minutes of Premier League action:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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