Van de Beek ready to take any chances
Donny van de Beek is delighted to be fit again and is hoping for an opportunity to help Manchester United's cause across the next four games.
The Dutch midfielder has returned from injury and made a substitute appearance in our last Europa League outing, the 3-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol, before travelling with the squad to Spain for the final Group E decider with Real Sociedad.
Manager Erik ten Hag, who worked with the player at Ajax, has suggested the 25-year-old is capable of being a real attacking threat and playing between the lines, so it will be interesting to see if he gets the chance to impress before the break for the winter World Cup.
“To be injured is the most difficult thing for a player," Donny admitted to club media. "You want to be on the pitch, around the guys in the stadium, feel the grass and, yeah, it’s a hard time if you are injured. I’m happy to be back and have to stay fit for a longer time and just try to help the team.
“I feel great, I feel good and what I’m saying is I just need to keep going and, if chances come, I have to take them.
“It [playing an attacking role] is also one of the points how I can maybe help the team, play in between the lines and make my runs with the ball, give some passes. I just do my best and have to stay fit and just help the team.”
Van de Beek appreciates it has been a busy schedule for the Reds, but he should be fresh following the spell on the sidelines.
That may prove valuable, as we take on Aston Villa (twice) and Fulham after the San Sebastian clash this evening (Thursday).
"Yes [it's been hard], especially for some of the other guys who have played so many games," he said. "I was out for a while so, for me, it's a little bit different."
The task may seem a stiff one, beating La Real by two clear goals on their home patch, but Donny is convinced United can be confident of ending the Spanish side's 100 per cent record in the competition and topple them as group leaders, thus avoiding Monday's play-off draw.
“Yes, I think we have the qualities to do that," he replied, when asked if United are capable of achieving our mission at the Reale Arena. "First, we have to go for the win but, even that, we have to do more than that, as we have to win by a goal difference of two goals.
“So we have enough players in the squad who can score goals and also need clean defending because we can’t concede too many goals. So everything has to be good on Thursday.
“They have a good team as well but we do also. We have to show it on Thursday and put a lot of energy into the game and we also need clean defending and score two more goals than them.”