The signing of Radamel Falcao clearly dominated the Manchester United headlines on Deadline Day, but could the acquisition of Daley Blind prove to be the greatest move of all?
“I have been at Ajax since I was seven years old and I will always have very fond memories of the club and of my time there. Louis van Gaal is a tremendously talented coach, I have worked with him at Ajax and also for the Netherlands national team and I cannot wait to work with him at the biggest club in the world.”
These were the words of new Manchester United star Daley Blind in the Daily Star as he signed for Manchester United on Deadline Day.
The Manchester United defender will be a welcome addition to Old Trafford when one looks at the inabilities of a defence, which last season under performed and conceded 43 goals and lost 12 games, and a lacklustre midfield that was overrun for the majority of the season.
These statistics will not be good enough to challenge for a top four spot or higher and Van Gaal has certainly gotten rid of the old guard with Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic departing from defence, and the likes of Kagawa and Nani also exiting. Tom Cleverley could still be on his way to Aston Villa according to reports on Tuesday.
Louis Van Gaal has brought in plenty of new faces with Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw accompanying Blind in bolstering the Manchester club’s rearguard. Blind could play as a defender or holding midfield player, where he won Dutch Player of the Year for Ajax. His versatility could prove invaluable to Manchester United this season.
If deployed in defence he will bring stability to a leaky United defence. However, in midfield is where he could excel as he would provide defensive cover for Manchester United’s new trailblazing offence. Di Maria, Mata, Rooney, Van Persie, Falcao. This team could score over 100 goals but, as Liverpool so harshly found out last season, a good defence is equally as important.
Dutch football and Dutch players have helped to show the world how to keep the beautiful game beautiful and Blind’s experience of the Ajax Academy, coupled with his previous work under Louis Van Gaal, could see the Dutchman become a very successful signing.
Blind going to Manchester United looks to be a match made in heaven for the season ahead.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.