96% pass-accuracy; 4 key passes: United's Daley Blind the real star against Aston Villa

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Daley Blind was Manchester United's star man in the Red Devils' weekend victory over Aston Villa.


Manchester United moved above rivals Manchester City into third place in the Premier League table after a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa at Old Trafford. 

Ander Herrera opened the scoring before half time and Wayne Rooney made it two after the interval with a superb goal before Christian Benteke pulled one back for the visiting side.

Despite Villa's best efforts, the game was dead and buried in the latter stages when Herrera added his second and United's third  to secure the three points for the hosts.

  AssistsShot Accuracy (%)Key PassesPass Accuracy (%)TouchesTackles WonInterceptionsClearances
Daley Blind 1 50 4 96 95 4 3 0

Daley Blind was excellent in the Red Devils' comprehensive home victory, as the Opta Stats suggest.

He pushed forward well down the flank, and this paid dividends when he provided the pass for Ander Herrera's opening goal of the afternoon; his second assist of the season.

Throughout proceedings, the Dutchman created a total four scoring chances - another match-best - via key passes, while completing an impressive 96% of his total attempts to find a teammate. 

He even managed two attempts at goal himself - both of which came from outside the 18-yard-box - with one hitting the target.

Meanwhile, with four successful tackles and two interceptions, he also emerged as Louis van Gaal's top performer defensively.

Daley Blind was the lowest profile arrival at Old Trafford during the summer months, and yet he has been arguably the most impressive.

He has been a key player for the Red Devils, particularly throughout this excellent spell of form. Based on recent displays, Luke Shaw will face a tough time reinstating himself as the club's first choice left-back.

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