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Richard Keys compares Daley Blind to Tom Cleverley

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TV presenter Richard Keys believes Manchester United may have found the new Tom Cleverley - in the form of summer signing Daley Blind.

Keys tweeted midway through Manchester United's 1-1 draw with West Ham: "Can someone tell me what Daley Blind does?"

The Netherlands international, who joined Manchester United in a £13.8 million deal from Ajax in September, duly scored the all-important equaliser in stoppage time to leave Keys a little red-faced.

Keys not impressed by Blind

The former Sky Sports anchor, however, was still not impressed with the 24-year-old's overall contribution - and subsequently typed up a blog post on his personal website asking the question if Blind is the real deal or little more than the new Cleverley.

"Anyway - here's a few thoughts on what we saw at the weekend," Keys wrote. "Have we found 'new' Tom Cleverly? I rather think we might have done!

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"It was funny, I asked this question on Twitter while watching Man Utd's bombardment of West Ham's goal 'could someone please tell me what Daley Blind does'? Inevitably he popped up with the equaliser and my 'inbox' got jammed!"

Keys: Van Gaal won't last at United

Keys also tore into United manager Louis van Gaal, and predicts the veteran Dutch coach will not be at Old Trafford for longer than 18 months.

"This is not Manchester United," Keys continued. "I see no plan. No cohesion. No legendary excitement. No wingers. No goals from Rooney. No form from Van Persie (how Van Gaal must wish he'd let Utd get in with his knee surgery last season) No future for Falcao and little or no contribution from the other big name signings.

"I ask again 'what does Daley Blind do'?"

Cleverley/Blind comparisons

Cleverley was strongly criticised for his sub-standard performances with Manchester United last season and was sent on loan to Aston Villa at the start of the current campaign.

It's understood that the 25-year-old is likely to sign a permanent deal with Everton this summer, meaning the one-time England international has almost certainly played his final match for the Red Devils.

Blind, meanwhile, has scored two goals in 12 Premier League appearances since joining Manchester United - both important late goals against West Brom and West Ham - while his versatility has proved a useful asset for Van Gaal's side.

However, Blind has been criticised for his lack of adventure in possession, with former United captain Gary Neville calling for the Dutchman to take more risks.

"He (Blind) has got to start looking up more and playing forward," Neville said on Sky Sports, according to the Daily Mail, earlier this season. "He plays far too many square passes and takes the easy option."

Cleverley was also accused of something similar during his spell with Manchester United - so does Keys have a point? Tell us in the comments below.

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