Manchester United made a lot of signings last summer, but it is one of those that generated the fewest headlines that has proved to be among the best.
With Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera arriving at Old Trafford for big money, and Radamel Falcao a surprise loanee on transfer deadline day, Daley Blind’s signing came if not under the radar than certainly with considerably less fanfare.
But along with Marcos Rojo, the Netherlands international could go down as United’s best bit of summer business.
Against Sunderland on Saturday, the midfielder completed more accurate passes than any other Premier League player in action at the weekend.
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He found a teammate with 97 passes, seeing him finish the match with a 93 per cent pass-accuracy while he touched the ball a total of 116 times as United eventually broke Sunderland down.
Two key passes and two efforts on goal - one of which was on target - continued to demonstrate Blind's attacking qualities and there is no doubt United made a wonderful addition to their squad when they signed him from Ajax.
If he can continue at this rate, there is no reason Blind cannot become a vital part of United's side for years to come, even if the expected new additions arrive in the close-season.