Despite a £30 million swoop for left back Luke Shaw this summer, Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal is reportedly interested in a move for Netherlands starter Daley Blind. With Alexander Buttner joining Dynamo Moskow this summer and Patrice Evra on the verge of a move to Juventus, van Gaal will look to make a move for Blind in order to get the best out of the 18 year-old Shaw.
While Luke Shaw is an accomplished left sided defender with immense talent, his young age and lack of experience make a cover at left back essential. United are linked with a move for Thomas Vermaelen this summer, though the Arsenal captain is likely to be utilised as a centre back predominately.
Daley Blind is a left back who has flourished under van Gaal at the 2014 World Cup with a number of impressive performances which caught the eye of some of the top teams in Europe. With van Gaal also having a close relationship with Danny Blind, Daley’s father, having appointed him as assistant at Netherlands, a move for the Ajax left back is not hard to fathom.
Perhaps Blind would not settle for second fiddle, though with some impressive performances when given the chance by van Gaal, the United manager would be more than willing to make the tough decision of dropping the £30 million man Shaw.
With an impressive campaign for Ajax last season, Daley Blind won the coveted Dutch Footballer of the Year award and helped his side to a fourth consecutive league title. And the irony of that? Three of the four previous winners went on to join Premier League sides (Luis Suarez, Jan Vertonghen and, most recently, Wilfried Bony).