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RIO DE JANEIRO – Daley Blind apparently is so wrapped up in the World Cup that Father's Day passed him by.
He said Sunday, "I forgot about it."
No matter. He'd already given his dad Danny — who is also assistant Netherlands coach — two gifts to savor on Friday when he launched a pair of pinpoint long passes to set up the first two Dutch goals in the 5-1 thrashing of defending champion Spain in Salvador.
His commanding play in that match has sparked intense speculation in England that Blind could soon be playing in the red of Manchester United. Current Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal will take over at Old Trafford next season and attempt to rebuild the team after a disastrous season by the club's standards.