Erik ten Hag admits things are ‘not looking good’ for Donny van de Beek, who was forced off early in Manchester United’s win over Bournemouth following a horror collision.
Making just his second Premier League appearance of the season, the midfielder was withdrawn just before the break after being inadvertently clattered into by Marcos Senesi.
The Cherries defender slipped as he went in for a slide tackle, where he made full contact with the ex-Ajax star.
Van de Beek immediately hit the deck as he yelled in agony, with replays showing the 25-year-old’s right leg bending backwards.
He was able to walk to the sidelines, but United medics deemed him as not fit enough to continue as he limped towards the tunnel.
Speaking on commentary, talkSPORT’s Micky Gray was left sympathetic for the Dutchman, who has had no luck since making the move to Old Trafford in 2020.
Commenting on the tackle, he said: “It’s awful his knee bolts back. That’s a nasty one.
“I think it’s just a slip by Senesi. He looks to be in a lot of pain Van de Beek, I hope he’s OK.”
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He added: “He’s going to be sick. He’s in serious pain. They have to make a change.”
After Van de Beek was replaced by Alejandro Garnacho, Gray added: “You’ve got to feel for him haven’t you?
“When you think he’s going to kickstart his career at United, something always happens, doesn’t it?
“The challenge was unintentional, but it was nasty. I hope he’s OK.”
Meanwhile Ten Hag said after the match that the injury was ‘not looking good’ and the club would have to wait 24 hours to assess the severity of it.
United went into the break at the Theatre of Dreams leading 1-0 thanks to Casemiro’s volley.
The Brazilian raced onto Christian Eriksen’s free-kick to guide his effort into the top left corner from close range.
Luke Shaw added a second for United as he rounded off a lovely free-flowing move and Marcus Rashford then sealed the 3-0 victory in the 86th minute.
The win leaves Erik ten Hag’s side in fourth spot – behind Newcastle in third only on goal difference.
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