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Louis van Gaal hints at Daley Blind’s potential centre-back role

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal has hinted that Daley Blind could be used as a centre-back in the upcoming season on a more long-term basis.

The Dutchman started at left centre-back against Club America in Manchester United’s opening pre-season game but he struggled positionally in the role.

Despite that, Van Gaal admitted he always wants a left-footed defender in that role and alongside Marcos Rojo, it means Blind could be played there more often than not this season.

When asked about Blind becoming centre-back in the long-term, Van Gaal responded: “It could be. Marcos Rojo is not here. He shall also come on 25 July. I want to play always with a left-footed central defender and Blind can do the job.

“Maybe he shall play there but all the players can play there. Last year it was Jones and Smalling, and even McNair has played there. But my preference is a left-footed defender and with Rojo and Blind we have two.”

Van Gaal’s obsession with having a left-footed centre-back at left centre-back wherever possible is strange but means Blind is the only other option in the squad apart from Rojo, so it doesn’t give United many choices.

In an ideal world you will have a left footed player on the left hand side of defence but it really doesn’t matter in reality.

Blind is far more comfortable in the left-back role or in defensive midfield, so fans will be hoping that he doesn’t find himself at centre-back too often because it would create an unnecessary weakness in United’s team.

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