MANCHESTER UNITED target Frenkie de Jong made an appearance 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.
Barcelona midfielder De Jong has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United
With seconds left at 1-1, De Jong picked up the ball in his own half, attacked Wales and carried the ball 50 yards before supplying Tyrell Malacia, whose cross was superbly headed home by Weghorst.
New Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag has been heavily linked with a reunion with the Dutch midfielder, whom he worked with at Ajax, and this flash of quality showed just why.
United are keen on the Barcelona playmaker but fear the £70million asking price this summer would blow too big a hole in their transfer plans.
But Barca are likely to want to recoup most of the £64million they outlaid to Ajax for the 25-year-old in 2019.
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It has been one of the most talked about transfer deals of the summer to date.
And with Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard off on free transfers and Nemanja Matic confirming towards the end of the season he is also quitting Old Trafford, then United need reinforcements in the midfield area.
Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal called on De Jong for his 42nd international cap on 67 minutes for Jerdy Schouten, who had set up Teun Koopmeniners’ second half strike.
With the Dutch ahead at that point, De Jong moved immediately into a number six holding position in front of three at the back.
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However, even in his short substitute cameo, he displayed flashes of quality and composure to demonstrate just why United are interested.
De Jong controlled proceedings following his introduction with a neat touch and range of passing, keeping possession for his team and starting off attacks.
Then he also showed his capability to get forward and almost got onto the end of Noa Lang’s cross with a late run into the box only to be denied by Wales keeper Adam Davies’ reflexes.
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But there was nothing De Jong could do about Wales‘ equaliser as Rhys Norrington-Davies nodded home at the back post.
Moments later, De Jong ensured Holland did not settle for a point and turned defence into attack with that lung-bursting run.