‘Well here’s an idea, play him!’ Manchester United fans call on Ralf Rangnick to start Donny van de Beek after interim boss admits Red Devils ‘controlled the game’ following Dutchman’s introduction against Aston Villa
- Donny van de Beek was once again a Manchester United substitute on Monday
- Yet the Holland international came on for Edinson Cavani in the 72nd minute
- Ralf Rangnick admitted afterwards United had control of the game from then on
- As a result, United fans were insistent that Rangnick starts Van de Beek next time
Manchester United fans have called on interim boss Ralf Rangnick to start Donny van de Beek after the Dutchman’s introduction on Monday night helped the Red Devils see out the FA Cup win against Aston Villa.
Van de Beek, a regular figure on the United bench since his £40m arrival from Ajax in 2020, was once again a substitute but did come on in the 72nd minute for Edinson Cavani, with United 1-0 up but under pressure.
Yet from then on, a change of shape aided by the Holland international’s introduction saw United see out the game relatively comfortably, which has made United fans question why the 24-year-old isn’t starting more games.
Manchester United fans have called on interim boss Ralf Rangnick to start Donny van de Beek
Rangnick admitted that Van de Beek’s introduction against Villa helped Utd see out the game
Rangnick said afterwards: ‘From the very moment when we changed to a diamond in the last 20 minutes, when Donny came on, from then on we controlled the game, we had our counter-attack situations.’
In response though, one fan said: ‘If you (Rangnick) know that, why don’t you give the guy a run of games’, while another simply stated: ‘well here’s an idea, play him!’
One user was more stark, saying: ‘If he doesn’t start the next game then I will actually be #rangnickout because you can’t make claims like this and let him rot on the bench.’
Lastly, with a similar tone a United fan said: ‘And somehow he will still be benched in the next match.’
United next play Villa – this time in the Premier League – away from home on Saturday.
Van de Beek has only started four games this season and is yet to make a league starting XI
Noting how United saw out the contest on Monday at Old Trafford, Rangnick continued: ‘Unfortunately, we didn’t take the right decisions in the final third, so if we had done that we could and should have scored the second goal.
‘But it’s not so easy to control the centre of the pitch and at the same time have our wing players involved and play with at least one central striker.
‘For us, on the bench, that was a difficult job to find out how we could do that. In the end, we decided to take off Edi and had a diamond in midfield and have two fast wingers as the only strikers on the pitch.’
Van de Beek has only started four games this season and is yet to make a Premier League starting XI for the Red Devils despite 13 appearances in total.