Daley Blind was reverted to perhaps his more natural position of left-back by Louis van Gaal as the Netherlands ensured their World Cup campaign ended on a high against hosts Brazil.
Blind was solid defensively and bagged a very smart finish as the Dutch ensured they finished in third place, leaving Brazilian fans booing at the end of the game having seen their side comprehensively beaten in back-to-back matches.
Blind could be a great signing for Manchester United for various reasons with the main one being he’s able to play two roles in a team effectively.
With Luke Shaw signed up and Patrice Evra staring at a trip to Italy, Blind can give LvG another left-back option, meaning he’d have two top quality defenders in that position in his back four.
Blind is also capable of playing a gritty and determined role in front of the back four as a holding player.
He started the World Cup in that position, roaming the space between the defence and the central midfielders to ensure the opposition didn’t have a great deal of free time in possession.
It’s a role which isn’t filled in the current Manchester United team despite Michael Carrick’s clever positional player and Marouane Fellaini’s physical presence.
Several pundits have commented that United’s midfield is lacking a player who offers an authoritative presence in front of the back four, which Blind is capable of providing.
Should United now go after a move with van Gaal shortly to take up his role with the Premier League giants, Ajax won’t make it easy as the 24-year-old is one of their best long term prospects.
Reports have suggested a potential fee of around £12.5 million, which United would certainly have no problems affording.
Here’s what Manchester United fans made of his performance against Brazil via Twitter.
We should Sign Blind...He won POTY for Ajax for playing half season as LB and other Half as CDM...had a great World Cup as well...#mufc— ASHAR_MUFC (@NayanAshar77) July 12, 2014
With Evra leaving i wouldn't mind Daley Blind at United, he'd be great cover for Shaw. #mufc— Ander Herrera #MUFC (@HerreraStuff_) July 12, 2014
@BlindDaley Well done Daley, great performance. Hope to see you in Manchester soon!— Joe (@JoeTaylor84) July 12, 2014
Daley Blind is someone #MUFC should buy,he is cheap good back up as left back and CDM and he gets the job done which is important— Prayag Premnath (@cobra9x) July 13, 2014
I would love to see Daley Blind in a MUFC Shirt. Rather then wasting time on unrealistic targets, we should go for him! #MUFC— Chirag Gupta (@ChiragG14) July 12, 2014