Daley Blind offers shine to dull Southampton match

by Richard Laverty

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.

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.

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