Having been possibly the most outspoken player regarding the sacking of Louis van Gaal, Daley Blind has once again confirmed his desire to stay at Manchester United and improve under Jose Mourinho. With The Netherlands not having qualified for the European Championships, Blind has been relaxing in Curacao and apparently getting his mind on the season ahead. As reported in Manchester Evening News (M.E.N) Blind posted an Instagram photo with the caption;
“Great day on the boat yesterday, enjoying the last couple of days. My mind is rested and ready for next season.”
This comes after numerous transfer rumours linking Blind with a move away from United, with Arsenal and Barcelona the most linked clubs, with the fee believed to be around £14 million for the defensive player’s services. However, a deal to Arsenal would seem unlikely as they are Premier League rivals and with the talent Barcelona have at their disposal, it would be a shock move for sure. Blind himself stated upon the arrival of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, that he was keen to work with the ‘Special One’ saying;
“I think he’s a coach who’s achieved a lot and I’m very excited to work with someone like him. I’m going do my best and work very hard.”
The problem for Daley Blind and a few other Manchester United players is the lack of potential game time under the new boss. Having already strengthened at centre back with the acquisition of Eric Bailly from Villareal, Mourinho looks keen to reinforce where at all possible. This means that Daley Blind not only faces competition for a starting place at centre-back where he featured so heavily this season gone but also in central midfield with the numerous players fighting for one of two spots, including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Michael Carrick, fresh of a new contract.
If Blind is to succeed for another season at United, it looks more likely to be a reserve centre back behind Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly. All he can do is train hard and try to impress the Portuguese manager, hopefully stopping potential transfer out of the club, or someone else being brought in to replace him.