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Donny van de Beek and Bruno Fernandes partnership expected after Holland goal

Manchester United fans are calling for Donny van de Beek to be Bruno Fernandes' regular midfield partner after the Holland midfielder's goal against Spain.

Van de Beek joined United from Ajax in a £40million summer switch, but has so far found it difficult to establish himself in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

The 23-year-old has started two games in the Champions League and two in the Caraboa Cup, but has yet to be named in the starting line-up for a Premier League match.

Solskjaer has tended to select two defensive midfielders behind Bruno Fernandes for top-flight matches, with Van de Beek so far restricted to a role as a substitute.

But the midfielder showed what he can offer when he turned out for the Netherlands, volleying home the equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Spain, after also scoring against Italy during the last international break.

With Holland trailing to a Sergio Canales strike, Van de Beek ghosted his way into the box undetected and when the ball fortuitously landed in his path at the back post he made no mistake, drilling it past the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.

His goal had United fans purring about the possibilities if Solskjaer pairs Van de Beek with Fernandes, who scored twice and set up a third in Saturday's win away to Everton.

One supporter said on Twitter: "I genuinely fear for the Premier League when Bruno Fernandes and Donny Van De Beek start playing consistently together, their link up, passing, movement, brain and finishing ability is going to cause havoc."

A Chelsea fan replied, posting: "Van De Beek deserves better treatment tbh, not sure why he doesn’t play for you. Fernandes and VDB linking up is a huge threat."

Other United fans called for Van de Beek to start when United return to Premier League action at home to West Brom a week on Saturday.

One said "Solskjaer has to start him" while another wrote: "He is such a baller, deserves a start against West Brom."

Another fan posted: "Van De Beek is quality. We could have our own Thomas Muller in him, he can play several positions, still don't know why we don't start him."

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