Manchester United’s Dutchman Daley Blind scored for his team in the club’s win over Benfica in the Champions League as the Red Devils topped their group.
Blind scored United’s second goal of the game through a penalty that Marcus Rashford won after his incredible, mazy run was ended unfairly by his opponent.
Romelu Lukaku initially went to take the penalty before Ander Herrera stepped in but the Spaniard was also asked to step aside by Daley.
The versatile player was apparently instructed by Jose Mourinho to take the penalty and did well to slot it in down the middle of the goal.
Manchester United fans won’t care how they go in though so long as they do go in and they’ll surely be satisfied by a solid performance from the former Ajax man.
Well that was a bit of a fiasco who would take the penalty but brilliantly converted by Daley Blind
— Fiona May (@fionamay4471) October 31, 2017
Daley Blind's goal vs. Benfica is his first ever in European competition.
Hammered down the middle from the spot. pic.twitter.com/rCBKAhKPJW
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 31, 2017
Intelligent and technically gifted, Daley Blind should always be taking penalties for us whenever he is on the pitch.
— Kylé (@KyleZingoFooty) October 31, 2017
Daley Blind telling Ander Herrera to step away from the penalty as most of his shots go row Z! 😂 #MatchdayMac
— Stretford Paddock (@StretfordPaddck) October 31, 2017
Not often you win a game through a goalie scoring an own goal and a Daley Blind penalty but it was an enjoyable game 100% CL record in tact.
— Daniel Brown (@DanJBrownMUFC) October 31, 2017
Capable as playing as a midfielder, centre-back or left-back, Blind has shown his intelligence in his versatility, putting solid performances one after the other.
He may not necessarily be the most Mourinho type player but his strengths far outweigh his weaknesses as he’s shown time and again.
Lack of pace, strength and height would be Jose’s concern with Daley but the player’s intelligence makes up for what he lacks in raw athleticism.
Under the Portuguese tactician, Blind has mainly featured as a left-back but has had to deal with plenty of competition this season.
Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian are all capable of playing in that position and should Daley wish to nail that spot down for himself, he’ll have to continue putting in solid performances as he did against Benfica.