Manchester United’s £14 million summer signing Daley Blind made his debut on Sunday. And what a debut it was!
The Netherlands international was one of the best players on the pitch as the Red Devils demolished Queens Park Rangers 4-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League. It was all one-way traffic as United gave QPR no chance of making any significant impact on the game whatsoever.
Keeping United ticking in midfield and protecting the defence was Blind, who moved to the Manchester outfit from Ajax on transfer deadline day.
Playing in defensive midfield, the versatile 24-year-old was hugely impressive, leading Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp to claim that he is a player who ‘puts out fires’.
Former Netherlands assistant manager Patrick Kluivert was also watching the match and gave his thoughts on the player with whom he worked at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
'At the start of the World Cup campaign, he was already at this level', the former Barcelona and Newcastle United star told Sky Sports. 'But if you taked about him a few months earlier, then I don’t think that he would have done a good job.
'The speed and the way in which Daley has developed himself is very impressive. Also, at the World Cup he did not miss a game. He played all the games'.
Blind was not a name that many Premier League followers would have been familiar with before the World Cup, but the former Ajax star’s performance in Brazil combined with the ‘Louis van Gaal connection' saw him join the Red Devils in the summer transfer window.
A versatile player who can play at left-back and in defensive midfield, Blind has shown on his debut for United that he is an asset to the team.