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Photo: Van de Beek in agony after tackle as Manchester United star substituted off in first half

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Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek‘s return to the starting line-up did not last 45 minutes.

Van de Beek was injured after a bad tackle against Bournemouth and looked in clear pain. He was unable to carry on.

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Van de Beek was replaced by Alejandro Garnacho after he had already been helped off the pitch at Old Trafford.

This was the Dutchman’s first start since November, and it has ended in cruel fashion.

United were 1-0 up at the time thanks to a Casemiro strike, set up by Christian Eriksen from a free-kick.

Van de Beek has had an incredibly frustrating time since joining United in 2020 and this was his latest ‘fresh start’ gone awry.

The extent of his injury is unclear at this very early stage, but it was positive that he was at least able to limp off on his own accord.

John O’Shea told MUTV: “It was unlucky. He was playing well in the game. Unfortunately the injury has interrupted his night’s work and hopefully it is not too serious.”

Presenter Mark Sullivan said he saw Van de Beek testing out his knee on the sidelines after coming off and looked ‘in clear discomfort’.

The midfielder had made 19 touches in the first half, with one interception and one duel won. We wish him a swift recovery.

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Dan Coombs

Dan Coombs

Dan is a Manchester United supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than 10 years. He writes exclusively for United In Focus, leading the site’s growth in news, analysis and match coverage, and is also head of sport content for GRV Media.

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