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Man Utd target Frenkie de Jong plays key role in Netherlands winner vs Wales

Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong showed his class off the bench as the Netherlands secured a late winner against Wales in the Nations League last night.

The Dutch took the lead at the Cardiff City Stadium in the 50th minute through Teun Koopmeiners, but Wales equalised in the second minute of stoppage time from a Rhys Norrington-Davies header.

Just when it seemed that Wales had done enough to secure a point, De Jong came up with a moment of class, contributing to Wout Weghorst’s 94th-minute winner.

The 25-year-old started a tremendous dribble from his own half, shoving off numerous challenges from Wales’ midfield before delivering a key pass for Tyrell Malacia.

The left-back delivered a delightful cross for Weghorst, who was perfectly placed to score with a free header. De Jong was definitely the catalyst behind the counter-attack.

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United are determined to sign De Jong during this summer’s transfer window. Yesterday’s cameo off the bench is the perfect reason why manager Erik ten Hag wants him.

The Dutch tactician got the best out of the midfielder when they were together at Ajax. He played him as a number 8, who often pushed forward to provide key passes in the final third.

Ten Hag seems prepared to play him in his preferred role at United, but it remains to be seen whether he can convince him over a move. De Jong is said to want Champions League football next term.

This is acting as a potential stumbling block towards the transfer. A deal worth £69 million looks set to be finalised so long as the midfielder gives the go-ahead to reunite with his former manager.

His desire to press forward from his own half with excellent ball control is what United exactly need. The club have reportedly set a deadline of around mid-June to negotiate a move for De Jong.

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