Rio Ferdinand believes Liverpool forward Christian Benteke could give Manchester United’s Daley Blind problems during the clash between the two sides on Saturday.
Man United failed to land any of the central defenders they targeted this summer as Nicolas Otamendi went to Manchester City and Sergio Ramos renegotiated his deal with Real Madrid. United have instead started the season with Chris Smalling and Daley Blind in their defence and question marks remain over Blind’s place on the team despite a good defensive record so far.
The Dutch utility man has been deployed as a left centre-half for the opening games of the season and has played reasonably well but there was always a concern that Blind would struggle against the more robust and fast strikers in the league.
He will come up against one of the strongest strikers in the Premier League on Saturday and Ferdinand admitted that he is concerned as to how Blind will cope.
“Don’t get me wrong, Blind reads the game really well and he is a natural all-round footballer but Benteke should be able to pick him up and run around with him on his shoulders. That’s the reality of it,” former United man Ferdinand said.
“I don’t think Blind will ever be able to deal with someone like Benteke if he’s on his game and he targets him.”
United do still need reinforcements in their defence but with the addition of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinstieger as a shield for the back four and David de Gea possibly returning, they should be okay for now.
Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw have also proven to be more than a handful in the right and left full back positions, respectively. Louis van Gaal should have a plan in place to protect Blind, who will still need to be on top form during the game.