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Kluivert explains why Blind will be so important for Man Utd

by Sam Peoples

Former Netherlands assistant manager Patrick Kluivert believes Daley Blind can be a really important player for Manchester United this season no matter where Louis van Gaal intends to use him.

Kluivert knows Blind very well as he and Van Gaal brought Blind into the Dutch set-up in preparation for the 2014 World Cup.

The midfielder made an instant impact with a memorable assist for Robin van Persie in the team’s demolition of then world champions Spain before scoring against Brazil in the third-placed play-off.

At United, Kluivert expects Blind to be a strong player wherever he plays and he feels he can be the cog that links the whole team together.

Daley Blind is a very intelligent player who reads the game very well,” Kluivert said.

“Everyone saw him at the World Cup where he played all the games for the Dutch national team as a left wing-back and as someone who sat in front of the defence.

“He can be a key man between the defence, midfield and the strikers to dictate the tempo of the game.” said Kluivert.

With United set to switch between 3-5-2 and 4-3-3 throughout the season, Blind’s role as a holding midfielder will be more important than ever given the lack of protection given to the defence so far this season, particularly in the opening game against Swansea City.

Earlier this week, we spoke about how important a signing Blind could be for United this season and Kluivert’s comments on the Dutchman support that sentiment.

With Blind set to make his club debut against QPR on Sunday, Kluivert believes Van Gaal has decisions to make about which formation to go with in the near future but believes the players will adapt to whichever formation the manager moves forward with.

He added: “With the players he has he can go 3-5-2 or 4-3-3 or to another system but the most important thing is that the players get used to it and adapt to how he wants them to play.