The Dutch defender was very off colour during Man United’s 1-0 win over Watford on Wednesday and could hardly make a pass to a team-mate ten yards in front of him, whereas he is usually so assured in that aspect.
Seeing as Blind has played the full 90 minutes in all ten of United’s last ten games over a six week period, it might not come as too much of a surprise to hear he needs a rest.
“I have to rotate him because he is very tired,” van Gaal said.
“When (Marcos) Rojo is fit again I can rotate him so I hope we can sustain this.
“But I give him a lot of time free from the training sessions. I recover him more than other players because I have to.”
I do agree that Blind needs to have a rest ahead of a monumental two week period which sees United play Liverpool in the Europa League, West Ham in the FA Cup quarter-final and Manchester City in the league. We need him fit and prepared for those games.
The interesting question to think about here is who will replace Blind? Marcos Rojo is the most likely option but maybe Chris Smalling is back in contention. Either way, the necessity for Blind to have a rest due to fatigue was going to happen at one point or another.