Manchester United’s roster is plagued with gaps, especially in midfield and defence. The situation calls for a bona fide utility man, and rather luckily, Louis van Gaal has just worked with one at the World Cup in the form of Netherlands international Daley Blind.
Following a Player of the Year award-winning campaign with Ajax, the 24 year-old finished Brazil 2014 with the second-most assists of any player, as detailed below:
That includes this sensational delivery to Robin van Persie against Spain:
Here’s a look at the Netherlands international’s stats from the tournament: Impressive stuff. Blind featured almost exclusively as a left wing-back for Oranje, an area of the United squad that desperately requires bolstering. But he can feature at centre-back or in midfield too, as detailed below, and perhaps most importantly, shone under the 3-4-1-2 system Louis van Gaal has now brought to Old Trafford: Rumours linking the son of Danny with a United switch have been persistent throughout the summer:
But we’re yet to see an official bid materialise yet, and interest from Barcelona could prove to be an issue.