Donny van de Beek showered Dean Henderson with praise after his ‘amazing’ save in Manchester United’s 3-0 victory over Brighton and said it came at a ‘really important moment’ when the Carabao Cup fourth-round clash was still hanging in the balance.
Scott McTominay headed home Juan Mata’s free-kick to open the scoring at Amex Stadium before Leandro Trossard drew an excellent reflex save from Henderson, who will have been desperate to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in David de Gea’s absence.
The visitors soon doubled their advantage as Mata fired past Jason Steele after an exquisite touch from Van de Beek and Paul Pogba secured his side’s place in the quarter-finals with a superb 80th-minute free-kick.
Reacting to Henderson’s stunning stop to deny Trossard, United summer signing Van de Beek told MUTV: ‘It was a really, really nice save from him.
‘It was also an important moment, otherwise it’s 1-1.
‘Amazing save from him and also a really important moment in the match so we have to also say this.’
Van de Beek combined brilliantly with Mata throughout the tie and said he was enjoying playing with the ‘legendary’ Spaniard after the win.
‘I’m really happy to play with players like Juan, he’s so creative and produces amazing passes,’ the Dutchman added.
‘He can play one touch which is also what I like and we have a good combination on the pitch.
‘For sure, I’m happy to play with a legend like Juan.’
‘It was a big moment in the game, as it was last time against Luton,’ the United manager said.
‘He kept his concentration, he didn’t have a lot to do, very pleased with it.
‘He lives for clean sheets which a keeper should do.’