Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was left waxing lyrical about Thiago Silva after his Chelsea performance at the weekend.
The Blues managed to secure a point at Old Trafford with a 0-0 draw in the Premier League fixture, which means they have nine points from the opening six matches of the season.
Frank Lampard’s side were lacking an attacking edge and managed only one shot on target during the contest, which is quite a surprise considering the amount of attacking talent on the pitch.
But defensively the signs are moving in the right direction, as conceding goals has been a major issue during Lampard’s tenure at Stamford Bridge so far.
Siva slotted into the centre of a back three against Man United with Cesar Azpilicueta and Kurt Zouma either side of him.
The 36-year-old Brazilian was a colossus at the back with his performance by showing leadership and a number of blocks, including a last-ditch tackle to prevent a shot from his former Paris Saint-Germain teammate Edinson Cavani.
Ex-Blues striker Hasselbaink singled the experienced defender out as a star performer from Saturday’s game and feels he brings so much to his team.
“Thiago played really well today. He was very relaxed on the ball. He won his headers, organised, never really got in trouble, always in the right positions,” Hasselbaink said on Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (8:06pm, 24 October).
“That’s why he’s been brought, to lead, to do these kinds of things like these blocks headers away and give confidence to the people around him.”
Silva may not be a long-term solution for Chelsea aged 36 and he was signed in the summer with the idea that he could instantly improve the team’s fortunes at the back, something which appears to be coming to fruition.
He has now helped keep four clean sheets in the five appearances so far in a Chelsea shirt and the South American is such an authoritative figure at the back that is making the difference.
There is also a lot of credit that should go to new first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, as well as England international Ben Chilwell for his contribution at left-back.