Manchester United’s Dutch transfer targets – How did Sneijder, Robben, Depay, Blind and De Vrij perform

by Sam Peoples

Holland dramatically reached the World Cup semi-final last night thanks to a penalty shoot-out victory over Costa Rica.

There have been plenty of Dutch players linked with a move to Manchester United over the course of the tournament but how well did they play yesterday?

Wesley Sneijder

Sneijder has had a poor World Cup by his standards but he was arguably Holland’s best player against Costa Rica.

The veteran midfielder produced two great free-kicks in the dying embers of the game, one which forced Keylor Navas into a good save whilst the other hit the post with the keeper beaten. He also produced a sumptuous pass into the box, which Van Persie somehow completely missed and curled a wonderful shot onto the crossbar from outside the box.

It is about time Sneijder started producing as he was the Dutch’s invisible man prior to the round of 16 game against Mexico.

Arjen Robben

Holland’s best player throughout the tournament without a shadow of a doubt. Four out of five Costa Rica defenders were booked trying to tackle him which epitomised his performance.

He was absolutely everywhere for the Dutch but he was far more impressive on the right wing where he tore Junior Diaz apart time and time again.

That being said, South American side had clearly done their homework as they often doubled up on Robben, leaving him little room to manoeuvre after he got past Diaz but on the night, Robben was by far and away Holland’s most consistently dangerous player.

Daley Blind

Holland’s and Ajax’s utility man Blind lined up as a left-back as part of a back five despite talk of him playing as a anchorman.

Blind put in a sensational performance in the opening game against Spain, grabbing two assists with two fantastic passes.

Although not as good going forward, he put in a good shift at the back, keeping the Costa Rican wingers at bay.

In one of his forays forward, he put in a great cross which several Dutch players failed to meet with an open net at their mercy, whilst Van Persie eventually met the cross but his shot was cleared off the line.

Stefan De Vrij

It was quiet game for De Vrij who had very little to do until the second half of extra time.

With Nigel de Jong out of the game and against a side that looks to exploit other teams on the flanks, Van Gaal expected his wing backs to sit deeper to protect his three man defence but that wasn’t needed in the end.

De Vrij was only left exposed when Van Gaal opted to switch to a back four to try to get the win prior to penalties, but Jasper Cilessen saved the day with a save from Marco Urena.

Memphis Depay

Throughout the tournament, Depay has been somewhat of a super sub but he started the quarter-final against Costa Rica.

Unfortunately for Depay, this should be the last time he starts for the Oranje as he was very poor.

Nothing came off for the winger. He often took one too many touches of the ball, his touch was bad, his passing was off the radar and he failed to produce any shots of note.

It is a far cry from his previous four games where he scored two goals and produced one assist.

He was subbed in the 76th minute and it remains to be seen if he will play from the start again in the tournament.

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