Manchester United star Daley Blind has revealed that goalkeeper David de Gea played an important role in his goal-line clearance against Liverpool on Saturday, reports the club's official site.
The Dutch international, who secured the Man of the Match award against the Merseyside outfit, has insisted that De Gea told him to get on the line as Liverpool prepared to take a second-half corner.
Ultimately, Blind made a wonderful clearance, denying what would have been an equalising goal for Brendan Rodgers' side at Old Trafford.
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Blind, of course, opened the scoring in Manchester as the Red Devils secured a 3-1 victory over Liverpool, and the versatile Dutchman has insisted it was 'really special' to score against United's arch-rivals.
"It was really special for me to score my first goal at Old Trafford against Liverpool,” Blind told MUTV. “I was very happy with the goal and for the three points.
“We practised this goal, and this move, a lot. Sometimes it went in and sometimes not - normally I have to take a first touch but I struck it at once which was good. I think it was a good finish. It was an incredible feeling when I saw it go in. A lot of emotions came loose and I was very happy.”
When discussing his crucial clearance off the goal-line, Blind continued by saying: “It was an important moment. Just before the corner David told me something and that I needed to be there, and I was there so it was good. We laughed about it afterwards.”
Blind really is proving his early-season critics wrong. Louis van Gaal's decision to hand the Dutchman a permanent role in his back-four was understandably questioned by the Manchester United faithful throughout pre-season.
However, with Blind plying his trade alongside Chris Smalling, the Red Devils have been solid in the early stages of this campaign. Of course, Blind is by no means the finished article, but he could yet prove a key man in United's pursuit of success under the Van Gaal regime.
With United set to take on PSV tomorrow evening, Blind will be hoping to impress once again in front of a Dutch crowd.
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