Daley Blind is one of the most versatile footballers around. He is equally adept as a central defender, a left-back or a midfielder. But could he solve Manchester United’s goalscoring problems too?
The Dutchman showed the positional instinct and clinical finishing of a top-class number nine to score their second goal in tonight’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with Derby County at the iPro Stadium.
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The 25-year-old, playing at centre-back, brought the ball out of defence to start the move and slotted confidently first time from Jesse Lingard’s cross to finish it off and make it 2-1 to United.
The striker-short Red Devils have been desperately shy of goals this season. Their measly 28 in 23 games is their worst goals-per-match ratio at this stage of the campaign in the Premier League era.
Playing up front is a position too far for Blind, but whether he is scoring goals from defence or midfield, captain Wayne Rooney, who has six in his last six, needs all the help that he can get!
Rooney opened the scoring after 16 minutes with a beautiful curling shot from the left-hand side of the box, only for George Thorne to equalise for the Championship high-fliers before half time.
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