Daley Blind: I thought like a striker against Derby

by Sam Peoples

Daley Blind has explained his thought process when he popped up at the front post to put Manchester United 2-1 up against Derby on Friday.

Despite playing as a centre-back on the night, Blind curated and finished off a chance with a well placed finish into the bottom corner to send travelling fans wild.

It’s not the first goal Blind has scored this season and he has explained that the opportunity which presented itself was too good to ignore

“I passed the ball to Juan and then it opened up,” Blind told ManUtd.com.

“I saw nobody there and I started thinking like a striker, so I thought maybe I should go to the first post. I made a choice and then the ball was there. It was a perfect ball from Jesse, I didn’t need to take a touch and then it was a goal!”

It’s interesting to hear Blind speak about thinking like a striker because Wayne Rooney has said Louis van Gaal gave the players more freedom against Derby – Blind’s goal was certainly indicative of a change in approach.

That’s what you want to see from United – a player taking the initiative and the risk paying off. It’s what football is all about and to use a cliche, you can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket.

That sort of endeavour has been rare under van Gaal but hopefully we’re about to see a turning point and not another false dawn which there have been too many of this season.

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