Daley Blind has admitted that you never quite know what is around the corner in football when quizzed about his future after United’s impressive second half display in Gothenburg on Saturday night. Although the Netherlands international did add that he is eager and keen to work hard and show the new Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, just what he can bring to the side.
The rumours regarding Blind’s future began quite early on after confirmation that Mourinho was the new Manchester United boss with the Portugal-born manager only wanting ‘specialists’ in his side with one or two versatile players. Blind, who was brought to the club two summers ago by Louis van Gaal, can play in a defensive midfield role, left-back and centre-back, with a huge divide in opinion among football fans as to where his best position actually is.
However, the 26-year-old doesn’t seem fazed by the manager’s comments and is revelling the chance to show Mourinho and his staff just what he can do.
“People were making that mistake very quick (assuming he would leave). But nothing was said and just like all the other guys I want to work very hard and get my spot in the team.”
The former Ajax man did not speak full of confidence and added an area of uncertainty regarding his future by admitting things can change in football fairly quickly. But he insisted that Manchester United is where he wants to be and he is excited at the prospect of the new chapter at Old Trafford.
“I think in football, you never really have assurances. But I believe if you are confident and work hard that you will get chances. What I’m saying is not only for me but everyone in the squad. That’s what I do, work hard and I want to be part of the team. I think every manager has his own ideas. This is a great manager with his own plans and as a team, we are learning a lot.”
The Amsterdam-born player, who is a manager’s dream in terms of defensive options, revealed that Mourinho is straight to the point with the squad and that you cannot take your foot off the gas at a club that is the size of United.
“The manager is very honest. Not just with me, but with every player he’s honest. We know Manchester United is a big club with a lot of competition. 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, yeah, be confident.”
The player shown his appetite and hunger by admitting he is confident of securing his place in Mourinho’s squad and insisting that he feels his pre-season preparation so far has been up to scratch.
“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.”
For me, Daley Blind has to remain a Manchester United player. I think he is a magnificent player to have, he was one of the ever-presents in the United defence that conceded very few last season with one of the best defensive records in the Barclay’s Premier League so he has proved he can do a job at centre-back if needs be. He also filled in at left-back and did a fairly decent job in Luke Shaw’s absence, however, pace is something he is not blessed with. His reading of the game and passing ability is very good and if Mourinho wants just a couple of players which can be versatile then the Dutchman has to be one of them, in my opinion. It would be a mistake to let him go and it wouldn’t surprise me if there were already a number of potential suitors keeping tabs on him, with his future seemingly up in the air. Although, United’s Portuguese manager offered some reassurance to those in the squad for the Galatasaray match by revealing if those selected were not in his plans they would not be getting minutes during pre-season.