Manchester United legend Jaap Stam impressed by Daley Blind

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The Dutchman was used in several positions by the Red Devils last season and impressed throughout.

Manchester United legend Jaap Stam has told the club’s official website that fellow countryman Daley Blind is the type of player every club needs.

Dutchman Blind joined United from Ajax last summer having impressed with new manager Louis van Gaal while at the World Cup in Brazil.

He proved his worth across the campaign, starting the season playing in a holding midfield role and impressing, before starring at left-back towards the end of the campaign in big wins over Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Manchester City.

And Stam says that versatility makes him an invaluable asset for his side and manager Van Gaal.

“He’s a quality player and, tactically, he’s very strong,” he said.

“He’s got quick feet and he’s a great passer of the ball, and I think it’s great for the manager and the team that United have got a player like him in the squad because he can play in more than one position.”

United suffered an indifferent start to the campaign as their new manager struggled to find a formation and line-up that suited him.

However, he soon settled upon a side and they enjoyed a fine 2015, including those previously mentioned victories, culminating in qualification for the Champions League with a fourth placed finish in the Premier League.

Getting back into Europe was the main aim at the beginning of the season, and Stam says you need to be playing in the Champions League if you want to be a top player.

“That’s what you need to reach the highest level in your career,” he added.

“Playing the most beautiful games comes with the Champions League. If you play teams like PSG, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus and you beat them, it gives you a great feeling.”

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