Manchester United’s Daley Blind has insisted that he’ll quickly adapt to his new role at centre-back this season.
The 25-year-old has started every game of Manchester United’s campaign so far at centre-back alongside Chris Smalling and has showed signs of progression after a shaky performance against Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day.
However, given his physique and inexperience in the role, many Man United fans have ruled out Blind as a long-term option at the heart of defence, with the general consensus being that Marcos Rojo is more suited to the position.
In spite of this, Blind is confident of developing further as the season progresses.
“Every position has its own tasks. You have to know what you need to do in every position and the different situations you must deal with. I have played in this position for the last few games and I can adapt very quickly,” he said.
“I’m just focused on doing my best for the team and becoming Man of the Match against [Aston] Villa was also a sign for me that I’m doing well. So I can keep looking forward.”
As the transfer window nears its close, some United fans are crying out for additions at the back. But following an unbeaten start, with three consecutive clean sheets in the league, there doesn’t seem to be a need for any reinforcements. If anything, the strongest aspect of United’s lineup is their back four, which is quite ironic when you consider the mass uproar caused by United’s ‘flimsy’ defence last term.
The combination of Smalling’s steely, no-nonsense approach and Blind’s deftness on the ball has actually churned out an effective centre-back partnership, albeit with the help of Morgan Schneiderlin‘s valuable cover in defensive midfield. Altering Louis van Gaal‘s back line for any reason may be a bad decision, since it would jeopardise momentum.