Former Barcelona and Ajax legend Johan Cruyff has congratulated fellow Dutchman Daley Blind following his £13.8 million move to Manchester United.
Writing in his Monday blog for the Dutch publication Telesport, the 67-year-old idol called United’s new star an example for many professional footballers to follow.
"First of all I want to consider the transfer of Daley Blind to Manchester United, what he has achieved is an example for many professional football players."
"Blind had to perform under enormous pressure in recent years, yet he has spent the last year by winning the Golden Boot and playing in the spotlight during the World Cup. His transfer is well worth a congratulation, a very big congratulation."
The 24-year-old midfielder spent the past 16 years at boyhood Ajax before making the big jump to the Premier League.
Described as extremely versatile and a willing learner, the Red Devils have a player who is accustomed to Louis van Gaal’s methods and available to play in a number of roles.
Despite the signings of Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera, one key area which United have still yet to address is a specific midfielder who can set the tempo and track the opposition runners.
Blind, however, is known to be able to fill such a position and his agent recently alluded in the press that the role of ‘controlling midfielder’ was spoken about with his client during the transfer process.
United have kicked off their Premier League campaign in poor fashion, claiming two points out of a possible nine and looking increasingly disjointed in the middle third of the pitch.
Last season’s Eredivisie Player of the Year may not be the biggest name to arrive at Old Trafford this summer, but he may just turn out to be the man to kick-start van Gaal's reign at the club.