Since joining Man United from Ajax last year, Blind has become a bit of a utility man under Van Gaal and has not cemented a regular position.
The Dutch international was deployed at both left-back and central midfield for United last year and most recently found himself as a centre-back, where he had a poor game against Club America.
However, the 25-year-old says he is happy to occupy the central defence role for United, but feels he must first adapt to feel comfortable in the new position.
“We talked a lot with each other which was necessary because our opponents were moving all over the pitch. I think we played smart together and I just tried to do my best,” Blind said.
“It was a new position and a new experience for a new season but I have to adapt to that and I want to show myself in there. I think I can be satisfied with my performance, perhaps there was only one tackle that was a little bit difficult for the referee. Overall I think I can be happy.”
After hearing Van Gaal’s hint towards playing Blind at centre back if necessary, United fans will be sceptical of the Dutchman’s plans with most deeming a new central defender crucial in United’s pursuit of silverware. This is especially true following Blind’s poor performance against Club America, a team who are a cut below most Premier League sides.
Blind’s new position is the latest development in Van Gaal’s insistence in having a left-footed player in the left centre-back role, something many fans feel is unnecessary.
With Ed Woodward confirming more signings are on their way, it surely only seems only a matter of time until a new centre back is drafted in at the club, making Blind’s positional change even more confusing.