Blind was part of Van Gaal’s Holland squad which secured a third place finish at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, playing as both a wing-back and centre-back when needed.
Instead of being worried by how strict Van Gaal is, Blind is looking forward to playing and learning underneath him once again.
“He is very strict and direct in what he wants,” Blind told reporters.
“The players have to do exactly what is the best to try to win games. Every game is in a certain style. For every game, he is reading the games very well and his predictions came true for almost every game at the World Cup.
“The manager gave me a lot of trust during the World Cup and the qualification games. I’m happy to work again with the coach. I’ve learned a lot from him and hope I learn more and get better with every game.”
Philosophy, philosophy, philosophy. It’s the word Van Gaal continues to reiterate and Blind has made it clear he won’t stop until his players understand it.
As for Blind, he is already well aware of what Van Gaal wants from his players and indicated he was happy to play anywhere on the pitch.
“I can play in both positions,” he added.
“In defence and midfield. It is up to the coach where I play but I will always try to do my best.”