While the additions of Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria stole the headlines at Old Trafford over the summer, Blind’s arrival slipped under the radar.
The Dutchman had impressed at the World Cup under Louis van Gaal with the Netherlands, building on a fine campaign in the Eredivisie as an Ajax player last term.
Although primarily a left-sided defender, Blind spent much of the 2013/14 calendar in a holding midfield role, which LVG has opted to use him in so far at Old Trafford as he looks to provide an anchor to allow the likes of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Di Maria to shine going forward.
And ‘Carra’ believes that the son for former Holland defender, Danny, will prove to be an astute bit of business for the Red Devils in the long-term:
“The bigger tests will come when United take on Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool over the next month or two, but Blind has looked very neat and tidy with the ball so far.” He told Sky Sports.
“He has been brought into the team to do the role Nemanja Matic does so well as Chelsea – sit deep and offer protection to the attacking players in front of him – and you can see he is a clever footballer.
“His dad, Danny, was also a very cultured and intelligent player who had a great understanding of the game, albeit at centre-back rather than in midfield, and Daley looks to have soaked up a lot of that wisdom.
“He is able to play in a number of positions and never seems fazed or overawed by anything, while he is a very athletic player as well so can get up and down the pitch if needs be.
“Blind looks like a very good signing, especially at around £14million.”