Daley Blind enjoyed a strong debut for Manchester United against QPR last weekend but is determined to get used to Premier League’s speed and become as good a defensive midfielder as he can.
The 24-year-old was United’s linchpin for the 4-0 victory over QPR but refused to get carried away with the performance, instead insisting he was ready to step it up a gear against stronger opposition.
Speaking earlier this week, Blind said: “It was a bit different because the opponents were going back so I had a lot of space to control the ball and play it to the sides, mixing it from side to side.
“I had a lot of space and that was nice for me. We played our own game and we played well. When we lost the ball we went after it as a team. We won the ball back a lot, so we did a good job.
“Of course it was a higher tempo and I can feel that also in my legs, but I can play 90 minutes and it was okay. I have only played in the Dutch league and in international football, but I think the Premier League is a higher level and there is a higher speed in the game.”
QPR might be considered lesser opposition in comparison to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City but Blind still showed a high degree of intelligence in his decision making on his debut.
Always happy to pass into space and keen to press the opposition when they were in possession, Blind dictated proceedings in the middle and gave United both a safety net in defence and a focal point to begin attacks.
Most expected Blind’s performance to be understated against QPR but it was the polar opposite as the Dutchman emerged as a lot of the fans’ Man of the Match, so hopefully he can continue in the same fashion against Leicester City at the weekend.