Daley Blind may have made an encouraging start to life at Old Trafford, but the Dutch midfielder was far from his best against West Ham United this weekend.
Blind was the least accurate passer out of every outfield player who completed the 90 minutes when Manchester United took on the Hammers on Saturday and that will be a cause of concern for Louis Van Gaal.
|Position||Team||Passing Accuracy||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Luke Shaw||DF||Man Utd||86.4%||1||90|
|Robin van Persie||FW||Man Utd||82.3%||1||90|
|Daley Blind||MF||Man Utd||80%||1||90|
Blind sits at the base of United's midfield and he is intended to be the player who allows his side to dictate the play, but his performance against West Ham meant that they failed to do that successfully.
Although United came through as 2-1 winners, it was a narrow victory and one which could have been made easier if Blind had given the greater control of possession.
Van Gaal has great faith in his summer signing to make the grade at Old Trafford, but a passing accuracy of 80% is clearly not good enough for someone who prides themselves on their ability to retain possession.
United's struggles have stemmed from their lack of ability to keep goals out and Blind will play a vital role as they look to recover from that so he will need to improve quickly.
Although he looks a fine buy from United he simply cannot afford to have a dip as he is already playing one of the most vital functions in Van Gaal's side.
The Red Devils may be able to compensate for an out-of-sorts attacker, given their wealth of quality in these areas, but they have very few players who offer the same qualities as Blind does.
However, despite the former Ajax man's poor display, United would have been pleased with the result and they will be looking to use it to provide them with some momentum.
It has been a slow start to the campaign for Van Gaal's side, but they are beginning to gather points to elevate themselves up the table and the three points against West Ham were a welcome relief.