Three reasons why Nigel De Jong is ideal for Louis Van Gaal’s system

Calm on the ball – 91% pass accuracy

Nigel De Jong’s physique and renowned capabilities tackling an opposition player often highlight the fact he is extremely shrewd on the ball. The former City man is elegant on the ball and his astute pass accuracy of 91% last term, the highest in the AC Milan side, outlines his capabilities to retain possession and take the focus off the midfield around him.

Able to cut apart the midfield, he can dissect through with his passing traits and while Ander Herrera will ultimately have that responsibility placed on his shoulders, De Jong provides a useful outlet if sides decide to hound down the Spanish midfield orchestrator.