Daley Blind has hailed Manchester United’s team spirit as one of the most important reasons why the dressing room is so strong together.
On more than one occasion last season in the Premier League, Man United fought back from a losing position and turned it around into a victory.
It was a trait which all of Sir Alex Ferguson’s sides had and speaking about his first season at the club, Blind made it clear how that sense of camaraderie was helping the squad bond.
“I think in a lot of games this year we’ve carried on fighting until the end and got some points because of that,” he said.
“It’s important that we keep the spirit high in the team. It comes from the players and the dressing room is really great, everyone gets on really well with each other. We want to fight for each other, on and off the pitch, and that’s where the spirit comes from.”
Memphis Depay will be walking into that sort of environment when he joins this year and he’ll be very excited to get stuck in and become part of it.
Daley Blind also spoke highly of manager Louis van Gaal. He added: “This year, I think I’ve learned a lot from him and I’m very happy that he has a lot of confidence in me, and that he brought me to this beautiful club. He’s very honest too, he knows what he wants and he’s always himself – that’s a great quality.”
That sense of togetherness has really translated well with some of the football this season and you can see that the players are once again committed to playing for the shirt, something which certainly can’t be said of last season under he-who-must-not-be-named.
Next year, United’s squad will be a much tighter group of players who are all used to working under Louis van Gaal and although it is going to be tough to challenge for the Premier League and Champions League, Van Gaal will make sure United are at least competing and giving their all for the badge.