Garth Crooks raves about Manchester United’s Daley Blind

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Daley Blind was on target for Manchester United against Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has written on BBC Sport that Daley Blind was “extraordinary” for Manchester United against Liverpool on Saturday.

Blind started the Premier League game at Old Trafford and played for the entire 90 minutes, as the Red Devils won it 3-1.

The Netherlands international was deployed as a centre-back, and it was he who gave United the lead in the 49th minute with a wonderful effort.

Former Tottenham forward Crooks was following the game, and he was impressed with the performance of the 25-year-old, who can play as a defensive midfielder, a left-back or a centre-back.

“When a centre-back dispatches a set piece the way Daley Blind did to open Manchester United's account against Liverpool you suspect that the player is exceptionally comfortable on the ball,” Crooks wrote on BBC Sport while explaining his decision to include him in his Premier League Team of the Week.

“You would be wrong, of course, to assume that all defenders can finish the way Blind did but then again he is not a natural centre-back. His performance against the Reds was extraordinary.

“The block on the line from Martin Skrtel's header was superb but the speed of Blind's recovery to deny Roberto Firmino from converting the rebound was remarkable. The way Blind put his body on the line was the best defending I've seen this season.”

Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera doubled United’s advantage from the penalty spot in the 70th minute against Liverpool, before Christian Benteke gave the Reds hopes of a comeback with a spectacular overhead kick.

However, debutant Anthony Martial made it 3-1 to Louis van Gaal’s side in the 86th minute with a wonderful solo effort.

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