Manchester United have been linked to yet another Dutch player, this time Daley Blind according to the Mirror. The Netherlands defensive midfielder put in a great performance in the 5-1 victory over current World Champions, Spain in their first group stage match at this seasons tournament. The Ajax midfielder ranked himself with two assists in the demolition of Spain, one of which was a superb up field pass, in the air, which United striker Robin van Persie received with a spectacular header, which lobbed Iker Casillas, levelling the score.
Blind looked the part in the match and looking back on his season with Ajax, in which his club were crowned the Eredivisie champions. The Dutch star formerly played in the left-back role, which United have been looking to strengthen this season, with Luke Shaw one of the players being targeted. Right now it is unknown as to whether Blind, should he find his way to Old Trafford this summer, would fill the void at left-back, or whether Van Gaal would be looking to add him in a midfield position, which United are also short of quality in.
The Mirror claim that Blind would ‘relish the chance to work with his international coach again’, which shows how the Dutch manager is seen by players who have been selected by him. Many would welcome Blind at United and will keep a keen eye on him during the Netherlands next match against Australia on Wednesday (1700 BST), of which I am expecting to see a reshuffled starting eleven by Van Gaal, as he will could need to put in a display against Chile to top the group, should they best Spain in the early evening kick off (2000 BST), which would send the current World Champions out of the competition, providing the Netherlands do beat the Socceroos.
Adding a player like Blind, son of former Netherlands international Danny Blind, to the Old Trafford squad would be a good decision in my book. There have been many Dutch player perform for United over the years such as Arnold Muhren, Jordi Cruyff, Raimond van der Gouw, Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Edwin van der Sar and current players Robin van Persie and Alexander Büttner. Adding more of these talented Dutch youngsters would be ideal with Kevin Strootman, Jordy Clasie, Bruno Martins Indi and Stefan de Vrij also linked. Oranje is the future….
By Paul Bienkowski
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