Blind wants Man Utd midfield berth

Daley Blind has said that while he is happy to fill in as a centre-back for Manchester United, he wants in the long-term to return to his more familiar central midfield role, ESPN has reported.

Blind has been used as an emergency defender by Louis van Gaal after United lost every one of their senior central defenders. Marcos Rojo was the last to go down, dislocating his shoulder in the 1-0 defeat against Manchester City, and it meant Blind partnered youngster Paddy McNair in the win over Crystal Palace.

While Blind has played in defence before – as one of three centre-backs under van Gaal for the Netherlands, including at the World Cup – he still feels midfield is his best position. “I think midfield is a good position for me and it’s also where I can help the team the most,” he confirmed.

“Maybe my qualities are better for that position but, if the trainer needs me for the left full-back position, then I will play there. It is no problem for me,” Blind continued. “I think I’m a player who keeps the ball and helps the rest of the team.

“I’m somebody who tries to play the easy pass instead of the difficult option, but it’s also there that I have to improve. I always try to do what the coach asks.”

Blind followed van Gaal to Old Trafford after the World Cup after coming through the ranks at Ajax, where his father, Danny Blind, was a Champions League winner under van Gaal and assisted the manager with the Netherlands.

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