MANCHESTER UNITED goal Frenkie de Jong appeared on British soil… for Holland against Wales in the Nations League.
And the substitute played a key role in Burnley striker Wout Weghorst’s 94th-minute winner in Cardiff.
Seconds to go at 1-1, De Jong picked up the ball in his own half and attacked Wales, carrying the ball 50 yards before delivering to Tyrell Malacia, whose cross Weghorst headed in superbly.
New Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag has been heavily linked with a reunion with the Dutch midfielder he worked with at Ajax and this flash of quality showed why.
United are keen on the Barcelona playmaker but fear the £70m asking price would put too big a hole in their transfer plans this summer.
But Barca will likely want to recoup most of the £64m they spent on the 25-year-old at Ajax in 2019.
It was one of the most talked about transfer deals of the summer so far.
And with Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard on free transfers and Nemanja Matic confirming he’s also leaving Old Trafford towards the end of the season, United need reinforcements in midfield.
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal called on De Jong for his 42nd international cap in the 67th minute, replacing Jerdy Schouten, who had set up Teun Koopmeniners’ second-half goal.
With the Dutch at this point, De Jong immediately moved up to sixth position from three behind.
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Yet even in his brief substitute appearance, he displayed quality and composure to demonstrate why United are interested.
De Jong controlled the action with a clean touch and great passing accuracy after his introduction, keeping possession for his team and launching attacks.
He then also showed his ability to get forward and almost caught Noa Lang’s cross with a late run into the box only to thwart Wales goalkeeper Adam Davies’ reflexes.
But there was nothing De Jong could do about Wales’ equalizer as Rhys Norrington-Davies nodded home at the back post.
Moments later, De Jong ensured Holland wouldn’t settle for a point, turning defense into attack with that lung-bursting run.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5520960/holland-frenkie-de-jong-nations-league-manchester-united/ Watch Frenkie de Jong dribble through the entire Welsh midfield to establish the winner as the Barcelona star shows why Man Utd want him