Hurt Van de Beek vows to bounce back

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It was indeed a painful FA Cup defeat for Manchester United, as Leicester City beat Manchester United 3-1 to send them out of the FA Cup.

Summer signing Donny van de Beek was given a rare start, having missed the last six weeks through injury.

The 23-year-old Netherlands international played a part in Mason Greenwood’s equaliser, doing a smart dummy for Greenwood to smash home United’s equaliser past Kasper Schmeichel.

Van de Beek didn’t seem to have a good game and he was replaced with 25 minutes to go by Bruno Fernandes.

United would concede after van de Beek’s departure, as Leicester City won the game 3-1.

Van de Beek took to social media to assure that the team will bounce back from this hurt: “We are all hurting. We will come back stronger.”

The Europa League now remains Manchester United’s only hope of winning a trophy this season.

Meanwhile, Mark Hughes said after the game that Van de Beek looked lost.

“Clearly it’s difficult, he hasn’t had enough game time and you can see that in his play,” Hughes told Stadium Astro.

“He’s wandering and not really getting on the ball, doesn’t know how to affect the game, can’t demand the ball of his team-mates because they’re not quite sure whether or not they have enough confidence in him.

“He looks like a guy who’s wandering around lost on the field. Okay, some of that responsibility he has to take on himself, he has be more demonstrative, he has to be a key player. He’s a big-money signing he’s come from a big club in Ajax so he’s used to being a top player of influence.

“But clearly, since he’s come to United he hasn’t shown anything like what the level he needs to be at to remain a Man United player.

“He can only have so many opportunities, at some point he’s going to have to take them or United will move him on. I think they’re edging towards that decision if he’s not careful.”