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Van de Beek bemoans ‘really bad’ debut defeat

DEBUTANT Donny van de Beek bemoaned Man United’s ponderous play during a “really bad” home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The 23-year-old midfielder arrived from Ajax at the start of the month for a fee rising to £40 million and made an immediate impression by coming off the bench to score.

But he will not look back on his debut fondly as Palace deservedly won 3-1 at Old Trafford, where Andros Townsend’s early goal was complemented by a second-half Wilfried Zaha brace — the forward punishing his former employers.

The performance highlighted the need for improvements, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer calling for introspection and left-back Luke Shaw urging the club to bring in more players.

Van de Beek said: “My first match for the club … you want to win. It doesn’t matter how you want to win.

“I’m really disappointed that we lost 3-1 at home. I think it’s really bad.”

“We trained [well], so my feeling was really positive. But today we played too slowly.

“We went too long with the ball and I think against an opponent like Crystal Palace you need to speed up the game to create something. That was not good enough.”

Candid in his assessment, the Holland international also clearly took no consolation in netting on his debut.

“To play for all the fans in stadiums like this, it’s more nice to score,” he said.

“Still I scored, but we lost. And this is the most important thing, that we win.”

United have precious little time to recover as a trip to Championship outfit Luton awaits in the EFL Cup third round tomorrow before next weekend’s league match at Brighton.

“I mean, next week we need to step up and we need to win,” Van de Beek said. “Also for our feeling, we need to step up now.”

The player is United’s only signing during this window and Shaw urged executives to push on in the transfer market after the defeat.

“We have a very good group but, personally, I think we need more players to strengthen the squad,” he said.

“It can give us a boost. When you look around at how other teams are strengthening their teams, then we must also do it to keep up with the others.”


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