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Ferdinand: Van de Beek is one player who makes others tick

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Donny van de Beek (Getty Images)
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Rio Ferdinand says Donny van de Beek's style of play benefits his team-mates at Manchester United and allows them to "flourish".

The Dutchman is yet to start a Premier League game for United following his £40million move Ajax in the summer.

But he has impressed in the Champions League, making three starts, including in the 4-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

A Bruno Fernandes brace and one each from Marcus Rashford and Daniel James secured the win, but Van de Beek provides something different United have been missing.

And Ferdinand claims the midfielder's selflessness was vital to United's victory.

"Yeah, I really, really was [impressed]," Ferdinand told BT Sport. "I think we've all been waiting to see him play, when you spend £40 million on a player you want him to make more than just little cameos here and there.

"Obviously we've been impatient with that but Ole's had a reason for that and today he justified why he's been brought to the club and why he's thought of so highly in European football.

"It's the intelligence, he's the one player in this squad who's happy playing one touch, who's happy playing two-touch, who's happy playing it simple.

"He'll sacrifice parts of his game for other people to flourish, and that's an important factor in any great team, you need players like that.

"And he's one player who I feel will make other players tick and perform better.

"I think Bruno was the main person today who benefitted from him being in this team."

- TEAMtalk media

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