Manchester United’s momentum was slowed against Aston Villa and, in truth, the performance wasn’t deserving of a result. The passing was sluggish and, at times, sloppy and there was a general lack of urgency as Manchester United struggled to dominate their opponents – even when Villa were reduced to 10.
So it’s good to hear news today that Daley Blind has returned to full training after after suffering a knee problem in October.
Some feared the worst when he went down in agony during a game for The Netherlands – it looked like it could be a seasoning threatening knock. As it turned out the ligaments were damaged but not snapped.
Blind has recovered and, while it may be optimistic to think he will play a big part in the festive program, he will be eased back in and raring to go by January.
The question is, will he get back into the side on his return? With Carrick and Fellaini finding form Blind may well be used more in the defensive department over the next couple of months. This will free up Michael Carrick to play further up the parl. The other alternative is a 4-2-3-1 with Blind alongside Carrick in a Modric/Kroosesque passing combo in the midfield.
Let’s see Blind’s early work for Manchester United.
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