£13.8m newbie says 'he will not underperform' at Manchester United

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Daley Blind is certain he can prove his worth to Manchester United.

Manchester United spent big this summer in an attempt to revitalise a squad that had grown stagnant, culminating in the horror show season under David Moyes last term.

The likes of Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao all came in for lucrative fees - making Daley Blind the 'bargain' of the bunch.

We use the word bargain with tongue firmly placed in cheek for now, but considering he is likely to play over 40 games for the club this season and he only cost £13.8 million it is probably not too much of an exaggeration.

Blind was an important member of Louis van Gaal's Dutch national team, and the United manager is also well acquainted with his father Danny Blind - who worked with him at Holland and as a player with Ajax.

So van Gaal knows the footballing genes in which Blind follows, which may have also played a role in their pursuit of the Ajax man.

He is certainly a player United needed. Calm but combative and equally as versatile Blind has performed well so far in his defensive midfield position.

Of course he is not a Di Maria or Falcao, and he himself has admitted that today.

Currently away on international duty with the Dutch national team Blind has been speaking to Algemeen Dagblad about his transfer fee and how he aims to prove himself at Manchester United.

The best answer is often the simplest, and Blind follows that mantra - he will be letting his feet do the talking:

“Of course I have thought about it. I was not bought for as large a sum as Di Maria but I won’t be judged on that basis. I don’t have a big mouth but I will do my job in training. I’ll make sure that I do not underperform at Old Trafford.”

A typically unassuming and direct statement from this master of simplicity - who is certain to play a vital role for Manchester United's growth over the coming years.

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