On a dark day for Manchester United and their fans, the return of midfielder Daley Blind was a rare positive after suffering their first home defeat since the opening day.
Blind walked straight back into the starting line-up after two months out, albeit playing as part of a back three, but the Dutchman regularly shifted forward into midfield, tackled well and imposed himself where others didn’t.
Late in the game, Blind moved once again, this time to the left wing-back spot vacated by Luke Shaw, and put in some delightful balls in to the box. One of them should really have been a goal but Juan Mata skied over from painfully close range.
Thought Daley blind was one of the few players who did well for home team. They are well behind the top two though still in most areas
— Stephen Grainger (@StevieGrainger) January 11, 2015
One positive, Blind is back, going to be a good player for us. #mufc
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) January 11, 2015
On a side note, Blind has been great today. Really impressive return from injury.
— Diarmaid Hill (@DiarmaidHill) January 11, 2015
Blind is our best crosser. By a mile
— Bloemy (@ybthebest) January 11, 2015
Blind has been our best player. By far.
— Black Kenny (@AliquaScripto) January 11, 2015
Blind is controlling our midfield…..from center back. Need him in MF to be honest. Back 4 needed
— Forever Red (@Jipjap74) January 11, 2015
Blind’s overall performance would have been a huge bonus had the game gone United’s way but other matters now take charge in terms of talking points. Although some supporters still had time to praise the returning midfielder.
Blind was almost faultless bar a bit of collective defensive chaos which led to Southampton’s winning goal. At centre-back, he proved the calming influence on the ball United have lacked at the back this season and he regularly stormed out from the back to win several challenges.
If he is back to full fitness and take that form into some of United’s better performances moving forward, he’ll continue to prove a shrewd and valuable signing among the big money spent by the club over the past twelve months.