Daley Blind: I want to become a leader for Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Daley Blind is confident he can become a leader for Louis van Gaal‘s Manchester United in the coming years.

Van Gaal hailed his father Danny Blind as the best leader he has had in his career and feels Daley has the potential to become even better in the future, something the 24-year-old is keen to do.

“I read it,” Blind told the Manchester Evening News when asked about Van Gaal’s comments on his father.

“I hope I become a bit of a leader like my dad was, but I am still young.

“I am still improving and this is a new era for me, coming to a new area. But I can be [a leader]. I have to learn it and have to keep it up but I am learning every day, including about being a leader.”


Blind has been superb in marshalling United’s midfield so far this season from his pivot position at the base of a diamond and has brought some added protection to the back four which has been missing for quite some time.

United are in need of new leaders after the likes of Evra, Vidic and Ferdinand, so it’s certainly a good thing Blind feels he can take on that responsibility as he grows into his career at United.

Blind understands and appreciates Van Gaal’s philosophy more than most given he played under him at the World Cup but the midfielder feels United’s squad are now beginning to understand it better: “I think the players are getting used to [Van Gaal’s methods]. The players like to work with him. Everyone is picking it up very well,” he added.

“Training is very hard and very serious and we improve every day and you could see that in the first half [of the 2-1 win] against Everton.

“We have seen that in the first half but now we have to see it over 90 minutes. The play is better though.

“It’s important to do it [for] 90 minutes if you want to beat the big clubs. I don’t think one single game is easy in the Premier League.”

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