Ray Wilkins criticises Daley Blind following Everton display

by Ben Topliss

Former Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins was unhappy with what he perceived to be poor positional play from Daley Blind in last weekend’s 3-0 defeat against Everton.

Man United were poor at Goodison Park and fully deserved to be beaten following an abject display.

The result, which left United fourth in the Premier League, was hugely disappointing for fans, with Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw the only two players who could really come away from the game saying that they had played well.

Wilkins singled out Blind following the game and criticised the Dutchman for taking up some poor positions.

Speaking about Blind, Wilkins said: “On the first goal, if you look at Daley Blind, he was running backwards – When you’re the holding midfielder, you shouldn’t ever be running backwards, you should be coming forward as the first point of contact.”

Blind was found out at Goodison and his performance raised a question mark over his long-term future in United’s midfield.

When fit, Michael Carrick will always start ahead of Blind in the middle of the park. The former’s recent absence from the starting XI due to injury has been keenly felt and United certainly could have used him against Everton. Meanwhile, it looks like Blind will have more luck at left-back following a series of fine performances there against the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

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