Manchester United certainly made light work of Saint-Etienne over the two legs, with Jose Mourinho’s side progressing comfortably. The 4-0 aggregate score was more than deserved, and now all eyes can turn to the upcoming EFL Cup final at Wembley.
Defensively, the Red Devils looked extremely solid, and the central pairing of Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling worked well. However, they weren’t alone back there and one star who deserves tremendous credit is Daley Blind.
The versatile Dutchman slotted in at left-back and his statistical performance is absolute perfection. The numbers come from data analyst ‘Statman Dave’ who posted them on social media.
Let’s break them down shall we, and they definitely make for pleasant reading. On the offensive side of things, Blind made two key passes to his teammates going forward. It’s defensively where his numbers really shine, though.
The 26-year-old make three tackles in the match, completing 100% of them successfully. His positioning is one of his biggest selling points, and that came to the fore when he made five interceptions, and also four clearances. The former Ajax man also won 100% of his aerial battles despite lacking in height.
Blind's game by numbers vs. St. Etienne:
2 key passes
100% tackles won
100% aerial duels won
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) February 22, 2017