Some Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter to comment on Manchester United loanee Teden Mengi’s performance in the 0-0 draw at Barnsley.
Mengi joined Derby from United on loan on February 1 for the rest of the season.
The youngster had been impressing for United’s U23s, but he arrived having barely featured at senior level and quickly made his debut in the 2-1 win at Wycombe Wanderers.
Mengi looked uncomfortable and raw at right-back that night, leading to doubts.
But his latest performance at centre-back against Barnsley was hugely reassuring, prompting plenty of Derby supporters to single him out for praise after the game.
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Mengi partnered George Edmundson and Matt Clarke in a three-man defence, with Craig Forsyth and Andre Wisdom taking up wingback roles in a change of system from Wayne Rooney.
The game itself wasn’t a pretty watch for the neutral. The pitch was bogged, and both teams went extremely direct as they looked to avoid a press and pick up second balls.
Mengi was challenged throughout by Barnsley’s in-form striker Daryl Dike, but it was the United youngster who came out on top as Derby kept a well-deserved clean sheet.
Mengi took 35 touches and posted an impressive four tackles and five clearances.
Derby manager Rooney called Mengi excellent after the game and explained to reporters how he trusts the United loanee to cope with physical Championship strikers.