Blind kept his place in the centre of defence alongside Chris Smalling and the pair picked up yet another clean sheet, albeit against weaker opposition.
Blind had a solid game at the back and even managed to bag an assist for Wayne Rooney‘s opening goal. The Dutchman moved into midfield before playing a delightful pass right into his captain’s path, before Rooney brought it down and finished passed the goalkeeper.
Ipswich seemed determined to frustrate Man United from the second the game started, which meant both central defenders had acres of space and time on the ball. This was ideal for Blind as it gave him the opportunity to get further up the field and start influencing play a lot more.
— Daley Blind (@BlindDaley) September 23, 2015
The 25-year-old showcased his outstanding passing range on more than one occasion, while staying defensively resolute to secure United’s passage into round four.
However, with Marcos Rojo out injured, Blind may have to be ready for a change in position when Sunderland come to Old Trafford on Saturday. The former Ajax man may have to deputise at left-back with both Rojo and Luke Shaw unavailable.
It would be a blow to United to have to break up their centre-back pairing but Louis van Gaal may be tempted to play Ashley Young in a full-back role. The 30-year-old started in that capacity against Ipswich and put in a stellar performance in what could prove to be his dress rehearsal, if he is selected to play at left-back against Sunderland. It is a crucial game for United as they will hope to overtake Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.