New Manchester United Daley Blind ignores Scholes criticism: 'I am a big fan'

Manchester United signing Daley Blind says Paul Scholes is a player he greatly admires.

Manchester United sealed the signing of Daley Blind on deadline day, adding a much-needed midfielder to the squad.

The Dutch international signed for £14 million from Ajax, to play under his former Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal.

Blind's potential addition was criticised by former United midfielder Paul Scholes last week, who said, reported The Express: "The only place we can seem to get him into the team in central midfield. He's a very good footballer but is he the answer? We will wait and see.

"We don't really know what position he is. United are not in a position now to be taking risks. They need proper central midfield players. They obviously haven't fancied them or haven't been able to get them."

The new signing was seemingly unworried by Scholes' comments, or at least bears no grudge, for he has named the club legend as one of the players he most admires.

He told MUTV: "United are one of the biggest clubs in the world. If you look at their history they have won a lot of cups and they have had players here for their whole career, like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

"Those are players everyone knows about and I am a big fan of them. It’s now a dream come true to play for Manchester United and I’m very happy that I have this chance."

Blind is the type of unsung star who has the potential to come in and become a real cult hero at the club.

With knowledge of Louis van Gaal and what the manager expects, he will help the club's new creative players blossom, and could prove to be United's best value for money signing in the long-term, of the whole summer.

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