DONNY VAN DE BEEK has warned his Manchester United team-mates about the threat posed by David Silva and Real Sociedad tonight.
The Red Devils start their Europa League season against the LaLiga club at Old Trafford.
Erik ten Hag’s side go into the clash with sky-high confidence after four consecutive Premier League wins.
Marcus Rashford’s brace gave them a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday and they will hope to find European glory against the Spaniards.
Ten Hag is expected to make a number of changes to his side for the Sociedad visit.
That could see Dutch midfielder Van de Beek lining up alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire.
But the ex-Ajax man knows only too well that he and his colleagues need to be at their game to stop their opponents – and Man City legend Silva in particular – even after they’ve just sold star striker Alexander Isak to Newcastle .
Spain star Silva, 36, joined the Etihad from Valencia in 2010 and made 436 appearances and helped City win 14 trophies before leaving for Sociedad in 2021.
And despite his age, Van de Beek knows the playmaker will still pose a major threat.
He said: “There are really good teams in La Liga. I’ve seen Real Sociedad play a couple of times and they’re technically and really good.
“They are all technically very good, like all Spanish teams. They’re tough opponents and we need to play well to get the result.
“But we have to focus on ourselves to be at our best and to be in good shape. I watched their game against Barcelona recently – they conceded a few goals at the end – but before that they played good football.”
Van de Beek added: “It’s going to be a tough game and we have to give everything. David Silva, for example, is a really good player.
“They lost [Alexander] Isak who was a good striker. I played against him in the Netherlands before when he played there [for Willem II]. But they have a few other good players.”
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