Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has questioned whether Daley Blind is the right signing for the club and if fans will see the best of the Dutchman at Old Trafford.
Blind played as a left wing-back for Louis van Gaal‘s Netherlands side in the World Cup but the 24-year old’s agent appeared to confirm Blind will be given a central midfield role at Old Trafford.
Versatility is a trait which helps a lot of players but Scholes doesn’t feel Blind is strong enough to play at left-back for United and has also questioned whether he is good enough to play in midfield.
“I’m not too sure what position he is going to play in,” Scholes told BT Sport when asked where Blind might play.
“I don’t think he is strong enough for a left-back in England.
“And the only place we can seem to get him into the team in central midfield. He’s a very good footballer but is he the answer? We will wait and see.”
Scholes’ comments won’t do anything to help Blind settle at the club and if Van Gaal believes Blind is good enough to play in central midfield, then he is. The fans will simply have to trust in the Dutchman’s decisions.
Of course, Blind recently was voted Player of the Year in Holland for the 2013/14 season as his Ajax side won their fourth straight Eredivisie title and he played a key role in the centre of the midfield, so has pedigree and experience in that position.
We disagree with Scholes and believe Blind could turn out to be the club’s best signing given his intelligence (a key aspect in any van Gaal signing) and his ability to sit in front of the defence and intercept the ball.
Protection for United’s three-man defence has been somewhat limited with Darren Fletcher playing the holding role but the addition of Blind should improve the team’s defence and give extra stability in the midfield.
Do you think Blind has what it takes to be a strong midfielder for United?