Manchester United star Luke Shaw has explained Donny van de Beek’s impressive impact on the squad – just two weeks into his time at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman arrived at Carrington at the end of August in a deal worth £40m from Ajax to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing of the summer.
And the 23-year-old put on a show for his first game in the Red Devils shirt, strutting his skills in a pre-season friendly against Aston Villa.
Shaw, who started the game at Villa Park with the midfielder, has now revealed how van de Beek has wasted no time making an impact on the squad.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already brought in Donny van de Beek but Jadon Sancho remains Manchester United's number one target.
However, they have so far failed to agree a deal with Borussia Dortmund and are considering Gareth Bale as an alternative.
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Speaking to MUTV, Shaw said: “Really good. It's all about minutes and he got that.
“He hasn't been with us long, obviously he was another who was on international [duty], so he's done really well considering he's only trained with us for two days.
“The most important thing is him getting to know the players, knowing how each other play.
“We've got a whole week now to slot him in, but so far so good, he's a really nice guy and I'm sure he'll fit in great.”
Van de Beek was on the pitch for the full 90 minutes in United’s 1-0 defeat to Villa – but Solskjaer was still impressed with the Dutchman’s performance.
"Donny was maybe the biggest plus outfield," Solskjaer told MUTV.
"He's such a finder of space and creates time for himself with his timing and movement. I was very happy with his performance."
While club legend Rio Ferdinand was full of praise for the 23-year-old when he arrived from Ajax.
"He brings goals, assists, he runs into the box, a good work ethic and an unbelievable brain,” the former defender said.
“An Ajax guy, he knows how to play good football."
It comes as the Mirror have also picked out five things from van de Beek’s first days as a United player.
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