Daley Blind happy to play centre-back if Louis van Gaal asks him to

by Sam Koster

Daley Blind is happy to play in any position Louis for Manchester United which Louis van Gaal asks him to this season.

Since joining Man United from Ajax last year, Blind has become a bit of a utility man under Van Gaal and has not cemented a regular position.

The Dutch international was deployed at both left-back and central midfield for United last year and most recently found himself as a centre-back, where he had a poor game against Club America.

However, the 25-year-old says he is happy to occupy the central defence role for United, but feels he must first adapt to feel comfortable in the new position.

“We talked a lot with each other which was necessary because our opponents were moving all over the pitch. I think we played smart together and I just tried to do my best,” Blind said.

“It was a new position and a new experience for a new season but I have to adapt to that and I want to show myself in there. I think I can be satisfied with my performance, perhaps there was only one tackle that was a little bit difficult for the referee. Overall I think I can be happy.”

After hearing Van Gaal’s hint towards playing Blind at centre back if necessary, United fans will be sceptical of the Dutchman’s plans with most deeming a new central defender crucial in United’s pursuit of silverware. This is especially true following Blind’s poor performance against Club America, a team who are a cut below most Premier League sides.

Blind’s new position is the latest development in Van Gaal’s insistence in having a left-footed player in the left centre-back role, something many fans feel is unnecessary.

With Ed Woodward confirming more signings are on their way, it surely only seems only a matter of time until a new centre back is drafted in at the club, making Blind’s positional change even more confusing.

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