Jonny Evans heaps praise on 'very impressive' Daley Blind

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Manchester United centre-back Evans believes Blind is a very important signing.

Manchester United are currently 'enjoying', for want of a better word, a week off when the rest of the big boys in the Premier League go head-to-head with some of Europe's best in the Champions League.

It comes after their woeful campaign under David Moyes last term - which has seen new boss Louis van Gaal splash the cash this summer.

He has spent around £150 million on brand spanking new talent this summer with the likes of Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo all arriving.

Of course he still has to rely on some of the old-guard. He got rid of Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley but one player who came through the ranks with the England pair that has stuck around is Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans.

He has been speaking about some of the new arrivals in quotes published on the official club website. He said of Rojo and fellow left-back Luke Shaw:

"I watched Marcos at the World Cup and thought he was excellent for Argentina whether he played at left-back or left wing-back, and he can play centre-back too.

"I had the chance to work with Luke in pre-season and there is no doubt he is going to be the best left-back in the world."

While he is also clearly a fan of the protection to the back four that £13.8 million newbie Daley Blind brings to the party:

"I watched Daley in the World Cup and he was very impressive. The manager knows him well and he's come through the Ajax youth system, which is something the manager had a lot of input into so he'll understand the manager's way of playing really well."

The comments on Blind are especially interesting. Van Gaal has spoken about how this United team is now part of a process - which essentially means they are bedding into the new ideas he is bringing into the club.

Blind's arrival sees a player who is fully formed in the Van Gaal mould. Interchangeable, technically astute and reliable - Blind really is the poster boy for van Gaal's footballing philosophy.

Evans has already commented on it here, that Blind immediately understands what the coach wants from the team and in his position at the heart of midfield Blind will perhaps be able to influence the team to quickly adapt to the LvG way of thinking.

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