Daley Blind is not scared of losing his place at Manchester United and is looking forward to working with new manager Jose Mourinho next season.
Since the Portuguese boss was announced as Louis van Gaal‘s replacement at Old Trafford, Blind’s future has been put into doubt suggesting he could be sold despite being playing a key role in the club’s defensive success last sason.
Speaking to Voetbal International, the Dutchman insists he is not afraid of his long-term future at the club and has shown his respect for Mourinho.
“Do not be afraid, that would not be good. However, it is of course true that a new coach will always come up with new idea,” he said.
“At a top club the rule is that you should always perform. You can not help but have a lot of respect for someone like Mourinho. He has won trophies and worked with the world’s greatest players.
“I don’t know him personally, but that will soon change as the preparation begins. I look forward to working with him.”
We’ve spent a season with Blind in the centre of defence and with Eric Bailly signing a contract at Man United he’ll be the complete opposite to the Dutchman. He’s over six feet tall, fast and is incredible in one-on-one situations
However, Blind has often held his own against the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero, despite most thinking he’d be bullied off the ball and beaten by pace. He’s a versatile player but he was never meant to play in the centre of defence.
He blossoms in a midfield role and was arguably one of Ajax’s best players when he moved from left-back to midfield. Blind has exceptional vision and his ability to bring in accurate balls is second to none. I’m pretty sure most fans still remembers Robin van Persie’s header against Spain at the 2014 World Cup, which was brilliantly assisted by Blind.
With Mourinho coming in he deserves the chance to play in a different position rather than being shipped off after one season as a centre-back where his weaknesses have been highlighted.