As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Man Utd legends queue up to heap praise on 'perfect' Van de Beek performance

Manchester United hero Rio Ferdinand hailed the performance of Donny van de Beek for victory over Champions League opponents Istanbul Basaksehir.

Van de Beek, 23, was handed an opportunity to shine on Tuesday night as the Red Devils hosted Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League.

And he took his chance with both hands by producing a brilliant display against the Turkish title holders as United ran out 4-1 winners.

Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand said: “I was very impressed. You spend £40m on a player and you want to see him make more than just cameos here and there.

“I think he is the one player in this squad who is happy playing one-touch, two-touch, keeping it simple... sacrificing parts of his game to help other people flourish.

“In any great team you need players like that and he's one player who will make other players tick, and make them play better."

Fellow United legend Paul Scholes added: “Some of the one-touch, two-touch play in the first-half was excellent."

And Owen Hargreaves added: “I thought Van de Beek was close to perfect.

“He is so unselfish, he can just fit in and play the right balls everywhere."

Need a VPN? Or seeking to switch? Then support Tribal Football by clicking here to sign up with our official partners NordVPN. Not only will you receive the best VPN experience, but also great discounts by signing up via Tribal Football. Thanks for your support!

Video of the day:

About the author

Paul Vegas

Have your say

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free