Daley Blind has sought to play down comparisons between him and former Manchester United captain Roy Keane but admits that he has settled very well at Old Trafford since his summer transfer from the Eredivisie.
Dutch international Blind - who impressed under the tutelage of Louis van Gaal for the Netherlands at this summer's World Cup - reunited with his reputable compatriot in early September in a £14 million move from Ajax and has instantly slotted into Manchester United's starting lineup in the Premier League.
Having made his Red Devils debut in the comfortable 4-0 victory over newl-promoted Queens Park Rangers last month, Blind has played every minute of the club's subsequent top-flight fixtures against Leicester, West Ham and Everton.
The quality and tenacity of the versatile midfielder's performances during those aforementioned matches has led to an abundance of praise, but Blind is eager to avoid any premature comparisons to one of Manchester United's most famous servants.
“Let’s not go overboard," the 24-year-old was quoted by the Manchester Evening News when questioned about those flattering links with Keane, the man who has courted yet more controversy this week with the release of his latest autobiography.
"It’s going quite well, but we’ve only just started. I can say I have settled in quite well. In England it is not very usual to start the build-up from behind. United do. This is where my Ajax background becomes useful. Started the build-up there is our second nature.”
Di Maria impact
Also capable of playing at full-back and slightly further forward on the left flank, Blind looks at his efficient best when utilised in the centre of midfield. A tidy passer of the ball, he is very good indeed at breaking up opposition play and his reading of the game and anticipation is first-class.
Unfortunately for Blind, however, his assured start to life in English football has been somewhat overshadowed by the performances of another stellar summer signing - Angel di Maria.
The Argentine playmaker - who became the most expensive player in British football history following his £59.7 million switch from Real Madrid - has not been shy to demonstrate the full extent of his talent during his early showings and he is one of the key factors behind Manchester United's rise back into the top four.
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