The win took Man United to the top of the Premier League table and it was relatively comfortable in the end after a difficult first half.
It was the highlight of Blind’s performance, who also registered an assist for Wayne Rooney against Ipswich Town in midweek. United kept another clean sheet as well, with Blind and Chris Smalling‘s defensive partnership proving to be fruitful.
— Daley Blind (@BlindDaley) September 26, 2015
Since Luke Shaw‘s injury, the back four have had to adapt to different players in different positions. However, van Gaal seems to have made it clear that he is happy with his defensive partnership, as he chose to play Matteo Darmian at left-back rather than use Blind to fill that gap. The pair didn’t disappoint and they kept Sunderland at bay.
Blind will want to keep his place in the side when Wolfsburg visit Old Trafford. With Phil Jones returning from injury, van Gaal may be tempted to have the Englishman partner Smalling. However, Blind’s start to this season in a central role should hopefully mean him and Smalling get a chance to further improve their partnership.