Barring Marouane Fellaini’s headbutting antics, last night’s Manchester derby won’t live long in the memory. Manchester City and Manchester United’s clash at the Etihad Stadium turned into an affair of who could be the less dreadful – the final result being a nil-nil that confirmed how far both clubs have fallen since their days of battling it out for the Premier League title.
But there were more positives to take for the Red Devils, who claimed a point away from home against a top four rival despite having a number of key players out injured – namely Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
In the absence of the latter duo, versatile defender Daley Blind was given just his fifth Premier League start since the beginning of February and although it seems unlikely the Netherlands international’s Old Trafford career will span beyond the summer, the performance against City may just have Jose Mourinho thinking twice ahead of the coming transfer window.
Indeed, as our infographic shows, Blind produced a strong performance against one of the Premier League’s most potent strikers of all time in Sergio Aguero, keeping the Argentine quiet with three tackles, two interceptions, nine clearances and two vital blocks. Equally impressively, he didn’t commit a single foul in a game that saw 18 in total.
Capable of playing across the defence and in the midfield, even if Blind isn’t a typical Mourinho player, he still clearly has a lot to offer the United gaffer. But do you think he deserves another season at Old Trafford? Let us know by voting below.