Daley Blind: Manchester United move has improved me as a player

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind believes he has improved as a player since adapting to the pace of the Premier League.

Blind joined Man United from Ajax last summer and his versatility quickly became a key part of Louis van Gaal’s side.

The 25-year-old has mainly been employed in midfield but he was superb at left-back in recent wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

Blind believes the rhythm of English football is to thank for the improvement in his game.

Speaking about playing at United, Blind said: ”In the Premier League, you have to grow.

“I noticed that the rhythm of the game is much higher. The games just went much faster than in the Netherlands. That comes in handy for me in the Dutch national team, and also in my career.

“When you develop yourself, you can become a more complete player and that’s what I want – to get better every day, to learn little things; and these should naturally be reflected in the game.”

Blind’s arrival went somewhat under the radar last summer amid the high profile acquisitions of Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria.

However, the Dutchman has arguably been United’s most important signing this term. Blind rarely puts in a bad performance and is completely at ease on the ball. His seamless transition to left-back sums up how well Blind has done in his debut season.

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