Van de Beek looks ahead to next stage
Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek was pleased to get minutes in the legs during the 1-1 draw with Young Boys and is already looking ahead to the Champions League round of 16.
The Netherlands international played the full 90 minutes at Old Trafford, as Ralf Rangnick made 11 changes to his side.
United couldn’t close out the group-stage campaign with a win despite Mason Greenwood’s stunning early goal, but we will be in Monday’s draw as a top seed.
Atletico Madrid, Benfica, RB Salzburg, Internazionale, Paris Saint-Germain, Sporting are our potential opponents, but van de Beek is content with facing any of them and confident that, if we play to our potential, United can overcome anyone.
"I think all the teams in this stage of the Champions League, everyone is strong so I think we have to watch ourselves and we have to be top,” van de Beek told club media.
“I think with the players we have we can beat everyone.
“But what I said, we have to work hard every day and I believe we can beat everyone if we play well.”
“I think a lot of players didn’t play for a while and I think it’s really important we get some minutes in the legs,” Donny added, when asked about the rotated side.
United started brightly through Mason Greenwood’s goal but were forced to settle for the point following Fabian Rieder's equaliser.
Donny misplaced the ball in the build-up for the goal and admitted his mistake, although Rieder’s shot left goalkeeper Dean Henderson with no chance.
“Maybe I should kick it away. I didn’t do that I take responsibility for that, after that it was a little bit difficult.
“We didn’t get enough pressure on them, we lost too many balls and it’s difficult to come into the game.”
Our no.34 also had some kind words to say about debutants Tom Heaton, Zidane Iqbal and Charlie Savage after the game.
“For a few guys, they make their first game in the Champions League.
“Congratulations to them because I know it’s really special to play this night. 1-1 and we focus on the next one, in the Premier League.”