Henderson and van de Beek are producing every game

Thursday 01 October 2020 07:00

Donny van de Beek and Dean Henderson continued their bright starts to first-team life at Manchester United on Wednesday evening, as the Reds sailed to a comfortable 3-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Juan Mata drew most of the plaudits for the win - which puts us in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup - and was rightly named Man of the Match after creating our opening goal for Scott McTominay and then netting our second.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be delighted to see further clear evidence that his two new faces, Henderson and van de Beek, are excelling.
And at the Amex Stadium, both were instrumental in ensuring United left with a second victory on the south coast in five days.
Donny: I'm happy to play with a legend like Juan Video

Donny: I'm happy to play with a legend like Juan

In our interview, van de Beek recounts his assist for Mata and explains what it's like to play with the Spaniard...

Henderson kept his second consecutive clean sheet, after making his senior debut at Luton Town last week, and produced a superb save from Leandro Trossard when the game was still poised at 1-0.
That mimicked his efforts at Kenilworth Road in the last round of the competition, where he clawed away a near-certain equaliser to deny Hatters centre-half Tom Lockyer.
Meanwhile, further up the pitch, van de Beek made a big impact for a fourth successive game and, most notably, delivered his first assist in a United shirt.
With just under 20 minutes remaining, he added a sublime flick to a probing Fred pass, providing Juan Mata with the space and time to slide home our crucial second.
That continues the Dutchman's fine start to his Reds career, and means he has now made a big contribution in each and every one of his appearances.
'Van de Beek was enjoying himself out there' Video

'Van de Beek was enjoying himself out there'

Danny Webber was impressed by Donny van de Beek against Brighton and especially when he linked up with Juan Mata...

First, he scored on his competitive debut in the defeat to Crystal Palace, and then he was voted Man of the Match after his first start, in the 3-0 win over Luton.

Then, in our dramatic Premier League meeting with Brighton last weekend, he came on in the dying minutes to force the corner that led to the Bruno Fernandes penalty which decided the game.

With fixtures coming thick and fast, and Jose Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur side arriving at Old Trafford on Saturday, could the pair be in line for their first Premier League starts?

That's a decision for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching staff to make during the coming days, but the Norwegian will be delighted by the repeated strong showings from two players only recently added to his squad.