Daley Blind has no intention of leaving Manchester United and has told fans to ignore any assumptions which were made about a potential exit.
Blind was one of Man United’s most important players last year under Louis van Gaal having made over 50 appearances and moulded himself into a solid centre-back, despite it not being his natural position.
Jose Mourinho’s arrival placed the future of some United players in doubt but Blind has played down any notion he could be on his way out.
“People were making that mistake very quickly [that Blind would leave],” he said.
“But nothing was said and just like all the other guys I want to work very hard and get my spot in the team.
“I think in football, you never really have assurances but I believe if you are confident and work hard that you will get chances.
“That is what makes it a big club and good for players. I definitely think as a player you always have to work hard and show the best of yourself and be confident.
“I’m confident with my own qualities so I have to show it over and over again.
“I think in pre-season until now I’m doing a great job and I’ll keep working hard and we see how it ends.”
Blind isn’t your typical Mourinho player; he is so versatile in a lot of positions but he isn’t a specialist in any of them, although I would say he is strongest as a defensive midfielder because that’s when he can really put his excellent passing range to good use. So, on paper he’s not a starter really in any position.
However, I do expect him to get plenty of game time this season. Blind’s best asset is probably his intelligence on the pitch and in games where we need a level headed player to come on and calm a game down or to help see it out, he’s the perfect substitute to bring on.
Football is a squad game. To win trophies, using your substitutes correctly is just as important as the starting XI and although I really don’t think Blind will play 50+ games for United this year, he’ll still play an important role under Mourinho.