Manchester United had Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and an own goal from Wes Morgan to thank for their 3-1 victory against Leicester City this weekend.
United’s first-half performance was brilliant as they raced into a three-goal lead, and while Marcin Wasilewski reduced the deficit late on it was too little too late, with Louis van Gaal’s side closing the gap on Manchester City to just five points.
While United’s goal-scorers stole the headlines, it was another player who looked a class apart in the centre of the field, with summer signing Daley Blind impressing throughout and ending the game with some impressive statistics.
As you can see below, the Netherlands international touched the ball 121 times while he had a passing accuracy of 94 per cent (in the first half alone it was 100 per cent).
Blind also set up van Persie’s vital opening goal, playing two key passes in total, but it was his defensive contribution that highlighted both his importance and his versatility.
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The United midfielder won three tackles, five interceptions and made four effective clearances, ensuring the pressure was eased on a back-line that was torn apart by Leicester earlier this season.
United will have far tougher games than the one they played this weekend, but Blind showed he can step in for the injured Michael Carrick and ensure they maintain their much-needed place in the top four.