Manchester United’s Dutch midfielder Daley Blind has admitted that he would love to become a leader like his father, former Netherlands international Danny Blind. United manager Louis van Gaal has stated that Danny Blind was the best leader of any side he has managed also suggesting that son Daley Blind is not currently in that category, but it is a work in progress and he could still get there.
Daley Blind’s father captained his club Ajax and the Netherlands during his career. Daley Blind has impressed United’s supporters since signing for the club during the summer. Blind is only 24 and still has some development before he reaches his peak, normally around the age of 27. He has joined up with his father on international duty this week with Danny Blind named as an assistant to manager Guus Hiddink. Danny Blind will replace the veteran manager after the Euro 2016 finals.
Speaking to the official Manchester United website, Blind said:
“I read that. I hope I become maybe a bit of the leader he was. I am still young and can improve on that.
“Also this is a new era for me and I have come to a new area. But I know myself that I can be [a leader]. I have to learn it and have to keep it up. I am still learning every day.”
“My Dad watched on TV [on Sunday]. But I’m always in touch with him before the games and after the games.”
Daley Blind has been a welcome addition for Manchester United this summer. Granted he is not the Arturo Vidal who was linked to the club all summer, even though it was unlikely that Chilean was going to leave Juventus. Blind has had a few good matches and has made a number of successful passes, which is something that has been missing from the midfield for a number of years. Blind will get better under Louis van Gaal during his time at the club, which is something that United and the Netherlands will benefit from. The Netherlands are in action on Friday evening against Kazakstan as they look to make the European Finals in 2016.