United have lacked a true holding midfielder for some time and have deployed Darren Fletcher in that position several times already this season but the much-loved midfielder has struggled to keep up with the pace of the game, leaving United vulnerable in the middle.
Despite Van Gaal’s promise, Blind, who is currently on his way to Manchester to complete his medical, has told reporters that he doesn’t mind where he plays for United so long as he is playing.
“I don’t really care about playing left, in the centre, or in midfield,” he said.
“I’m very easy, I just want to play games.”
Blind also spoke about his delight at joining one of the biggest clubs in the world: “Manchester is one of the greatest clubs of the world, I think. I’m very proud that I’ll be a part of that.”
His versatility will certainly be of aid to United during the season, particularly as the club are still short on centre-backs with youngster Tyler Blackett continuously filling in at the back.
Although Blind was used by Van Gaal as a left wing-back at the World Cup, it is clear he will be used in a central role at United and Dutch football writer Elko Born has discussed what sort of qualities he will bring to the role.
“As a defensive midfielder, Blind likes to break up play and quickly set up new attacks after winning possession. As a left-back, he seems to know exactly when to surge forward and when to stay back. Key in all of this is Blind’s tactical awareness and intelligence; he’s not about brute strength, but more about taking the right action at the right time.”
Van Gaal’s insistence Blind will play as a holding midfielder will be music to the ears of United fans given how startlingly short of quality the current squad is. Fans will be hoping the Dutchman can add some stability to the midfield and help out a defence still adapting to a new system.