Manchester United started the 2015-16 Premier League campaign on a high registering a 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the season opener on Saturday at Old Trafford.
Manager Louis van Gaal fielded a new look United side, packed with new faces but the main debate was centred around Daley Blind playing as a centre-half alongside Chris Smalling.
Mostly featuring in the midfield as a defensive midfielder or as a left-back during the last term, Blind had a good first season with The Red Devils.
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Happy with performance
Daily Mail reports the Dutch international was seemingly pleased with his performance and reckons he is smart enough to play centre-half and doesn’t need height or power.
In the post match interview, speaking to MUTV, Blind said: ”If you see what everyone can add to the team, then it’s a real battle for places and everyone had to fight for a position.
“I got a chance on this occasion and I tried my best. Of course, people always say I don’t have the height or the power but I think I’m clever enough and smart enough.
"I think we did well at the back, together with Chris (Smalling), Luke (Shaw) and Matteo (Darmian) and we got a clean sheet so I was happy.”
Blind’s defensive partner, Chris Smalling was adjudged the Man of the Match against Spurs.
WhoScored.com claims the 25-year-old had a pass success rate of 85.5% in the 90 minutes he played, and with astute in holding on to the ball, interceptions and concentration, Blind adds depth to the United roster.
The Netherlands international has 25 caps for the national team since 2013, and has featured in 29 games for the Manchester based outfit last season.
United next face Aston Villa on Friday evening at Villa Park, and the Birmingham based club also started the season with a win against newly promoted A.F.C. Bournemouth.