Angel di Maria stole the limelight yesterday with a magical Old Trafford debut but it was the performance of Daley Blind which really got Manchester United fans excited.
The Dutch midfielder was the linchpin of United for the full 90 minutes. His 112 completed passes (97%) was the fifth highest by any player in the Premier League this season and summed up just how solid his performance was.
Sold is the perfect adjective for how Blind played against QPR. His passing was watertight, his tackling was strong and his interceptions exuded the intelligence which Louis van Gaal said was one of his greatest assets.
Blind was very happy with his individual performance and so he should be. He said: “It was a very good debut and I really enjoyed it. The crowd was amazing.”
We hailed Blind’s signing as the single most important arrival this summer and his debut performance proved that could be the case.
Blind’s performance was spectacularly unspectacular in that he made everything tick along like a well oiled machine and did so without the need for being in the spotlight. If he can play that well having only been with his new team-mates for less than a week, the future bodes well for a man who embodies Van Gaal’s philosophy.