There's something rather beautiful about simple, unstylish footballers that just get the job done. Daley Blind, without a doubt, enters that category, and he will prove a great success at Manchester United if he continues to do his job.
As Louis van Gaal completed a deal to bring him to Old Trafford, words such as 'tactically astute' and 'versatile' were used to describe the Dutchman who started to prove his credentials in Brazil at this summer's World Cup.
The name on the lips of most fans yesterday evening would have been Angel di Maria, who put in a fine shift for his new club against the Hoops. But, it was Blind who nicely ticked along in the middle of the park, as he helped start a number of attacks throughout the afternoon.
There's no doubt about it, over the last 12 months or so, Manchester United have struggled for an identity, and they've been unable to dominate games in midfield. Blind may not be the man to completely dominate games, but he will get in and around opponents.
And that is something that has been missing in recent time at Old Trafford. The likes of Marouane Fellaini, Anderson, Tom Cleverley and Co. have all failed to make their mark at Old Trafford...Blind has seemingly done that in one game.
Before Anderson and Co. took to the stage at the Theatre of Dreams, United fans enjoyed the likes of Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and even Ji Sung Park putting themselves about. Blind, then, will offer United something that's been missing in midfield over the course of the last few years.
Of course, there will be tougher tests for Blind, but he did everything right against Harry Redknapp's side. His 112 passes was the fifth best of any Premier League player throughout the campaign so far. Not bad for a player playing his first game in England's elite division.
He gave the simple passes, but he's got more to his game than just a side ways ball. Constantly looking around, he was always ahead of the game. At just 24-years-old - still a good four years away from hitting his peak - he seems a veteran on the football pitch in terms of reading the game.
Perfect for the attack
As mentioned, it was Blind who helped United go on the attack against the Hoops. And it will be him who will help the unleash the likes of Wayne Rooney, Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Co. throughout the season.
His tenacity, tackling, and reading of the game will help United in every sense. Most importantly, though, will be his ability to keep the ball and move it forward. After all, United's attacking stars won't be able to attack without the ball.
As well as doing the dirty work, Blind does have a certain class about him. He may even score the odd goal this season...his shot yesterday afternoon almost handed Falcao his first goal for Manchester United.
And he will certainly create a few goals. His assist for Robin van Persie against Spain in the World Cup was rather sensational. Perhaps, then, he will enjoy quite the career at the Theatre of Dreams.
Manchester United fans - like most supporters in the Premier League - love a workman-like star, and Blind has that and more, so United fans will quickly fall in love with the versatile Dutchman.
Fans of United: How did you rate Blind's performance yesterday? Do you think he will be a star at your club? Have your say in the comments section below!
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