Versatile Daley Blind happy to play wherever he can

by Richard Laverty

Daley Blind believes it is a positive that he can play several positions for Manchester United.

The Dutchman signed for United on deadline day in September and has already played in several positions due to injuries to other players.

Blind himself was missing from action for almost two months with a knee injury but since returning against Southampton two weeks ago, has already played left-back and left wing-back in the absence of Luke Shaw.

At the start of his career, Blind showed his class in his preferred defensive midfield role, passing the ball with ease and the 24-year-old believes it’s not a ‘negative’ to play several positions.

“I like that I can play more positions – I don’t see it as a negative point, I think I can help the team by being like that when we need it,” he told MUTV in an exclusive interview.

“It’s also nice for the manager that he has more options with me.

“Back at Ajax I used to switch a couple of times during games and I tried to always learn what was needed for each position.

“It’s now a bit easier for me to switch really quickly in my mind for the different positions so I know what to do where. I think that’s important.”

Blind started the Southampton game as a third centre-back, meaning he played in three separate positions s in just two games for man United.

The versatile Dutchman could play again as United face Cambridge on Friday night and will hope to be back in his familiar slot as part of the midfield unit.

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