Donny van de Beek says he has no problem playing in whatever position Ole Gunnar Solskjaer asks of him after he impressed in a deeper midfield role against Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Dutchman played the full 90 minutes for just the second time in his short United career as the Turkish side were swatted aside 4-1 at Old Trafford.
In truth the match was really all over inside 20 minutes thanks to two goals from Bruno Fernandes, the first a fierce strike from the edge of the box and the second a simple tap in after an error from visiting goalkeeper Mert Gunok.
Marcus Rashford then won and converted a penalty to make it 3-0, and after David De Gea failed to keep out a free-kick from Deniz Turuc in the second period, Daniel James rounded off United’s win with a late fourth.
With Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay absent and Nemanja Matic only on the bench Van de Beek was deployed in a deeper midfield role alongside Fred, and he enjoyed the experience.
“It was really good,” he told told MUTV after completing 90 minutes for United for the first time since the Carabao Cup win at Brighton in September.
“Some games I play No.10, sometimes the coach needs me in the control position, that’s fine for me, sometimes in Ajax I was also playing in that position so it’s okay.”
In terms of the result, he added: “I think it’s a good reaction from the away game, 4-1 at home, you can be happy.
“First half was really good, especially the first 30 minutes, we played really nice football, scored really nice goals.
“Second half we lose too many balls, we gave them some chances, but last five minutes we control the game again and we make a nice goal [for the fourth].”
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