Daley Blind officially joined Manchester United from Ajax on transfer deadline day for £14 million, but he is already at home in his new surroundings.
Featuring as a defensive midfielder in the match, Blind was the man who kept United ticking in midfield, and played a very composed and mature role as Louis van Gaal’s side eased to a 4-0 win.
Blind has now revealed that fellow Dutchman Robin van Persie, who joined the Manchester outfit from Arsenal in the summer of 2012 for a transfer fee of £24m, has been helping him settle into life at United.
‘When I came here, there was a really warm welcome and I felt directly good in the team’, the 24-year-old told United’s official website. ‘Also, Robin [van Persie] helped me a lot because I know him from the Dutch squad.
‘But I have also been helped by the other guys who came in straight away. Everybody wants to fight for each other and I think we saw that in this game. Everyone wants to give the ball to each other and I like to play in this squad’.
The team spirit and togetherness that Blind speaks of is evident in the United squad. After star winger Angel di Maria was substituted against QPR on 82 minutes, manager Van Gaal gave him a lingering handshake (click here to read more).
Then later than night, Van Persie and Radamel Falcao went out to dinner with Dutch legend Patrick Kluivert (click here to read more).
The United players seem to have come together in their quest for Premier League glory this season. With the squad changes that happened at Old Trafford in the summer, it looks like the players have realised that for the team to be successful, they have to help each other - both on the pitch and off it.