With United’s place in the last-16 of the Champions League already sealed, boss Ralf Rangnick made wholesale changes from the side that defeated Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Van de Beek, Eric Bailly and Juan Mata were all given starts by the German, with the trio keen to impress after being frozen out by old boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Donny van de Beek has taken responsibility for Young Boys’ equaliser against Man United
A stunning strike from Mason Greenwood set United off to a flying start. However, disaster struck for Van de Beek after his miscued pass to Aaron Wan-Bissaka allowed Fabian Rieder to intercept and score past Dean Henderson.
And Van de Beek has held his hands up and admitted his sloppy pass was the reason for Young Boys’ strike, admitting that he ought to have cleared the ball upfield instead.
‘I think first 30 minutes was okay, we made a good goal from Mason, after that we have a few chances to make it 2-0 or 3-0,’ he told MUTV.
A sloppy pass by the Dutchman allowed Fabian Rieder to win possession and score yesterday
Van de Beek has said in hindsight he ought to have cleared the ball up the pitch
‘We didn’t do that. I think if we’d done that it would have been much easier.
‘Then 1-1. For me, lost the ball in the middle, maybe I should kick the ball away. I didn’t do that. I take my responsibility for that.
‘And after that I think it was a little bit difficult. I think we didn’t get enough pressure on them, with the ball as well we lost too many balls and it’s really difficult to command the game.
The Dutchman was looking to impress new boss Ralf Rangnick after being frozen out
‘But overall I think for a few guys they made their first game in the Champions League. Of course congratulations to them because I know it’s really special to play this night.
‘So 1-1 and now focus on the next one [against Norwich] in the Premier League.’
Van de Beek had been linked with a January exit following his torrid time at United under Solskjaer.
Wolves and Everton had been linked with loan moves for the Dutchman, but it is not yet known whether Rangnick will want to keep the midfielder.