Manchester United’s summer signing Daley Blind has stated that the introduction of Marouane Fellaini against West Bromwich Albion was key, as reported by the Daily Star.
Fellaini was brought on at half time, having been captured in discussions with Louis van Gaal shortly before the break.
He replaced Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera.
His introduction paid almost immediate dividends, with the Belgian international bringing scores level shortly into the second half.
Fellaini also played a key role after Man Utd went behind again, with the hirsute star occupying West Brom’s defenders time after time.
This allowed Blind to bring the scores level with a long range strike towards the end of the game, giving the Old Trafford club a potentially important point against the Midlands side.
The two goals were firsts for both midfielders for the Red Devils, and Blind was quick to pay tribute to his midfield partner for his impact.
He said:”He came in and scored a fast goal, a great goal I think.
“His goal gave us a lot of trust in the game again and that’s why we created a lot of chances after that also. I thought he played well.”
Manchester United new boy Daley Blind has declared that the Old Trafford club can triumph in their clash against Chelsea on Sunday.
The Manchester side were held to a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion last night, with Blind scoring a late equaliser to salvage a point.
Saido Berainho had put the Baggies ahead prior to that.
The next opposition for Man Utd are Chelsea, who are yet to lose in any competition since the start of the season.
In fact, the only side who have caused them to drop points in the Premier League are Man Utd’s noisy neighbours Manchester City, who held them to a draw at the Etihad Stadium.
Despite this, Blind is confident that after last night’s display, the Red Devils can win at the weekend.
He said: “We were very good in possession of the ball and created a lot of chances.
“Based on that, you could possibly say it was our best game.
“I think we can [take confidence into coming games] because we played a good game.
Chelsea will likely be without striker Diego Costa, who missed the weekend’s clash with Crystal Palace.
Despite his absence, Chelsea managed a relatively comfortable win, with fellow summer signing Cesc Fabregas impressing.
Man Utd’s new boy Daley Blind has revealed that training is incredibly serious under Dutch boss Louis van Gaal, as reported by the Daily Star.
The Man Utd boss has previously organised triple training sessions, although these are not a regular part of his programme.
Double training is, however, the norm, with the extra session involving work in the gym, to improve conditioning, and regularly features the use of exercise bikes.
Blind, who joined the Manchester side from Ajax this summer, is also of the opinion that his fellow players are enjoying the work under the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager.
He said: “I think the players like to work with him.
“Everyone is picking it up very well.
“Training is very hard and very serious and we improve every day and you could see that in the first half.
“We have seen that in the first half but now we have to see it over 90 minutes. The play is better though.”
The midfielder has experience with Van Gaal before, having worked with him for the Dutch national side.
Blind played a consistent role this summer under Van Gaal at the World Cup in Brazil, where they finished third.
They finished the tournament without losing a game in normal time, something Van Gaal enjoyed.