Former Manchester United defender Paul McGrath was impressed with the club’s new signings in the weekend’s emphatic 4-0 home win over Queens Park Rangers, but the ex-Red Devil believes it’s the versatile Daley Blind’s addition which will ultimately prove the most significant of the lot.
Blind, 21, was making his debut in midfield alongside fellow summer arrivals Angel Di Maria, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and substitute Rafamel Falcao and, though other names stole the headlines, the Dutchman's performance was the highlight for McGrath.
‘Blind is a class act,’ he told talkSport. ‘I was watching him in particular against Queens Park Rangers.
‘The defensive stuff he does is what United have been looking for most.
‘He was running around making defensive tackles, as well as connecting it to the front, which is brilliant.’
Despite starring at left wing-back for Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands side at the World Cup this summer, prior to his £13.8 million arrival from Ajax, Blind looks set to continue in his preferred midfielder role going forward, where he starred for the Eredivisie champions during the 2013-14 campaign.
While the big-name attacking arrivals of Di Maria and Falcao are what most people have been fixated with, after United’s noted struggles at the back to start the season, the introduction of the 21-times capped international could prove just as, if not more, important to the club’s ambitions this term.