Manchester United’s new signing Daley Blind has been handed the No.17 shirt.
The shirt was left vacant by Nani who joined Sporting Lisbon on loan this season.
For Blind, it is the same number he wore at Ajax so it will mean a lot for him in terms of continuation.
For United, it is a not a number which carries any real significance and Blind won’t have much trouble filling the shoes of Nani.
Blind is an absolutely fantastic signing by Louis van Gaal. A player who is trained in his philosophy, Blind will take no time at all in adapting to Van Gaal’s formation and he’ll add a much needed presence in United’s midfield.
For Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 formation to work, it depends entirely on a pivot midfielder in front of the back four who marshals the midfield and Blind can do precisely that.