Blind disappointed with Southampton defeat

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind wants the team to bounce back against QPR this weekend after a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Southampton on Sunday.

Blind returned to the first XI at the first time of asking after two months out and showed why Louis van Gaal was so desperate to throw him straight back with a solid performance where others underperformed.

It was the club’s first home defeat since the opening day of the season and the first time not a single shot on target has been managed since Arsenal were the visitors in May 2009.

Speaking to Manutd.com, Blind admitted it was disappointing to return to a defeat and that the team have to be more patient when up against it.

“It’s very disappointing,” said Blind.

“The first feeling was that we gave only one chance away in the first half, maybe the chance in the first minute, then after that we played really well defensively. But when we get the ball we have to be more patient, and wait for the chances to come. Sometimes we were in a bit of a hurry.

“After they went 1-0 up, we made some good chances and had one gone in we could have scored another one and maybe could have won. But, we missed them and then it was always going to be difficult. They were all in defence, and like I said they just had the one chance, so it’s a pity.”

The defeat makes it just one win from five for United and their place in the top four looks less secure than it did before Christmas when the team were on a six-game winning run.

But the disappointment means Southampton move ahead of United and Blind says the team need to win against QPR to ensure a return to form. With Arsenal facing a tough visit to Manchester City, it’s a chance to open up a gap to 5th once again.

He added: “We have to bounce back, we have to stand up as a team with each other and do the best we can in training, every day, and have a good week because we need a win next weekend,” he declared.

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