Daley Blind: Jose Mourinho has faith in me at Manchester United

Daley Blind: Jose Mourinho has faith in me at Manchester United

Daley Blind has made it clear that he is relaxed about his Manchester United future, insisting Jose Mourinho has faith in him.

The full-back, whose last Premier League start came back in August, has been sidelined since January with injury.

His contract expires in the summer and it is widely believed that he, along with Matteo Darmian, will be moved on to make way for new additions in the full-back role over the transfer window.

And Blind, speaking with Ajax Showtime magazine, was adamant that he still had the faith of his manager.

“I hear that the club’s high-ups are satisfied with me, and they just want me to keep on working,” he said. “There are lots of transfer rumours surrounding United.”

“Five or six players in my position are linked to the club every week. Jose Mourinho gave me over 30 matches in his first year in charge, which not everyone had expected.

“He stated his faith in me, and I have done my best to reward him. I have a great relationship with him.

“He always involves me with the first team, even though he picks other players. That can happen at this level – this is Manchester United, and there is lots of competition for places.

“It’s down to me to keep working hard, get as many minutes as possible and show what I can do.”

The Dutchman started United’s first three Premier League games of the season but has since drifted further and further into anonymity at Old Trafford, with his lacklustre display against FC Basel in November serving as a key moment for his status in Mourinho’s setup.

There is an obvious need for specialist full-backs in the summer given the age of both Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, along with Mourinho’s continued distrust of Luke Shaw, and you struggle to see where Blind – linked with Ajax and Barcelona – fits in going forward.

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