Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has not yet made his first official signing in his current managerial capacity but one of his alleged targets, Daley Blind of Ajax, may have given him even more reason to make a move as the versatile footballer put in a commendable shift in his club's second game of the Eredivise season against AZ at the AFAS Stadion.
Blind returned a pass completion statistic of 94% having found a team-mate 31 times from 33 attempts, with each and every one of his four long ball moves proving accurate.
The Netherlands international's creativity was underlined as he created four goal-scoring opportunities, while he did not neglect his defensive responsibility as he completed 64% of his duel attempts including three out of four tackles. He also twice put his body on the line for a block - once in a crucial area just outside the 18-yard box.
Blind's versatility has thoroughly been demonstrated this year as he played a crucial role at left back for the Dutch in the World Cup in Brazil and, even though he was substituted during the 3-1 victory over AZ last weekend, he put in a good shift as part of a three-man central midfield partnership.
Considering Luke Shaw's month-long sidelining due to suffering a hamstring injury and the dearth of genuine central midfield quality available to Louis van Gaal, Blind could serve a dual purpose for Manchester United.
To do that, the club would have to stump up at least £20 million for the player's services.
United were reportedly ready to deal last week, with numerous sources such as The Express and Daily Mail running positive transfer stories, however, interest may have cooled as there have been no further developments aside from Blind's recent comments that he was "happy" with Ajax.