Daley Blind believes he has settled into a role at centre-back at Manchester United this season.
Blind was brought to the club from Ajax as a midfielder in 2014 but he has been used mainly as a central defender by Louis van Gaal this term.
The 25-year-old has performed admirably in the position over the course of the campaign, particularly as Man United have had to contend with an injury crisis in recent weeks.
“I feel good in that position at the moment,” Blind said.
“I’ve improved a lot this season in the centre. I have showed it’s not only about strength but also about quick thinking and being in the right position. I think I did well.
“I try also to look forward. It’s not always possible, of course, but I know my job and that’s why I’m in the middle as well, to play balls into the midfielders and then play from there. It’s about helping the build-up of the game and that’s one of my strengths. I need to bring that to the team and that is my job.”
Blind’s versatility has proven to be invaluable since his arrival at Old Trafford as he has also played in midfield and at left-back.
However, it is clear that he is not a centre-back in the long-term. He is sometimes guilty of lapses in concentration and his positioning is occasionally off. A club of United’s stature really need to be strengthening the position in the summer if they want to be successful.