The Manchester Evening News has today reported United target Daley Blind would like to move to United, but La Liga would be his preferred choice of destination.
After impressing Louis van Gaal in the World Cup this summer, Blind has been linked heavily with a move that would reunite him and his former international boss at United throughout the summer, and though the rumour mill cooled down regarding him, it seems the fire has been stoked recently.
Though, of course, when United are linked with a player they are not the only ones interested. Barcelona have apparently shown an interest in the Ajax star, and have roused the interest of Blind. The 24-year-old speaking Goal.com, but reported by the Manchester Evening News, he said:
“La Liga would suit my style of play. Perhaps England as well, but that’s a very physical competition and that’s not my biggest strength. I have made steps forward physically, but fighting out personal duels is not my thing. I am not like Jan Vertonghen, who is very powerful.
“The most important thing for me at a new club is that they play proper football. I would be more open to a club that plays proper football than to a club that only hits long balls.”
This appears to be a damming quote from Blind, as Barcelona are renowned for playing ‘proper football’ (apparently 600 passes and no shots from anywhere further than three yards is proper football) and English teams are generally not thought of in this way. But before recent seasons (namely last) United played proper, exciting football. A quick tempo and fast passing were a fixture, and it is expected of van Gaal to hold the same philosophy as that before.
What should also work in our favour is the two having worked together with Holland. Van Gaal can put together a case that we will play the football he desires, and assure him of a place in the first team on a regular basis, definitely make the point it isn’t guaranteed at Barcelona.
His mindset is a poor one too. To have the chance to play in the most competitive league in the world and prove yourself at the biggest club on the biggest stage shouldn’t be sniffed at (and that goes for any player to have turned us down), least of all for a league containing two consistently competitive teams and 1 rank outsider every now and then.
The main hope is it isn’t another Vermaelen, Kroos, Thiago scenario whereby sluggishness proves our downfall. If he’s a player that’s interested, then we should fight tooth and nail to capture him. Blind is a player we could do with, versatile and obviously talented, knows the system and manager, he’s just what we need going into the new season.
Time will tell if we do sign him, and if Woodward can pull his finger out and negotiate something quickly like he did with Mata. Hopefully the player will make the right choice, and not go into things Blind.