Manchester United eased past Queens Park Rangers 4-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.
It was one of the most one-sided games in the English top flight so far this season, with the Red Devils imperious in their display against a team many expect to struggle for survival.
Daley Blind was one of the stars on show for United. The 24-year-old Netherlands international joined the Manchester outfit from Ajax for £14 million on transfer deadline day and made his debut on Sunday.
Playing as a defensive midfielder, Blind was the one who kept United ticking and stopped QPR from making too many attacking forays.
The 2014 World Cup star’s performance may have been eclipsed by those of Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera, but many football pundits and former players including Jamie Redknapp and Alan Smith have lauded him (click here to read more).
Blind is also pleased with his and his team’s display, especially in one area which he says is part of manager Louis van Gaal’s footballing philosophy.
‘It is a new team and it can be difficult at first but I think we did well’, he told MUTV. ‘Everybody is feeling good and everyone helped each other when we lost the ball. It's important that we do that as quickly as possible when we lose it. That is the manager's philosophy'.
Van Gaal’s philosophy of getting back the ball as soon as the team loses it will sound familiar to followers of La Liga: Barcelona have the same strategy.
It is something that makes sense. After all, if you do not have the ball, then you do not have control and don't score; and United have some superb players who are comfortable on the ball and know to how keep it.
Of course, winning against QPR at Old Trafford was not going to be too difficult and it will be unwise for United to get carried away, but there can be no denial that the signs look good with the new players and the new-look Van Gaal team.