Manchester United icon Gary Pallister has praised Daley Blind’s “calming influence” at Old Trafford.
Blind started the season at centre-back alongside Chris Smalling and the pair started to show signs of forming a partnership at the back. Man United kept clean sheets in their opening three games in the Premier League and were defensively resolute with Blind in the middle of the back four.
Pallister has been impressed by the Dutchman’s reading of the game during his displays in defence and also praised his versatility.
The 25-year-old has played in a whole host of positions for United, including as a holding midfielder, making him a crucial part of the squad.
“He’s a defensively minded midfielder who has also played left-back so he can play a number of positions. The worry about Blind is his lack of pace but what he does have is the ability to read the game,” Pallister said.
“There is a very cool, assured way he goes about the game if he gets isolated.”
Blind has started United’s last two games against Everton and CSKA Moscow on the bench following the international break but Pallister likened him to Steve Bruce.
He added: “I mean, I played with Steve Bruce who wasn’t the quickest in the world but could understand his positional play and I think we’re seeing that with Blind. He’s been a calming influence and he can play at centre-half.”
Blind will be hoping that he has done enough in training and during his brief cameo against CSKA to warrant a starting place in the Manchester derby on Sunday. Following Phil Jones‘s poor showing in the Russian capital, he will hope to start at centre-back and prove just how good a partnership him and Smalling are at the back.