Daley Blind will consider Manchester United departure over the summer – report

by Leo Nieboer

Daley Blind will consider leaving Manchester United over the summer if he continues to miss out on Premier League games this season, according to reports.

The Dutchman hasn’t started a league game since August, with Ashley Young and Luke Shaw ahead of him in the pecking order, and only played four games over a busy December.

His contract expires over the summer and Barcelona, according to reports in Spain, view him as a potential replacement for Javier Mascherano.

And according to ESPN‘s Rob Dawson, Blind will weigh up other options over the summer if he continues to linger on the periphery under Jose Mourinho over the next few months.

The club’s hierarchy hasn’t sufficiently evolved the Man United squad over the last few years and Blind’s presence in the squad – along with that of Matteo Darmian, as well as a reliance on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial out wide for three seasons – is an example of exactly that.

Mourinho ought to look across town at how Pep Guardiola discarded Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov over the summer and brought in full-backs that aligned closer with his style of play. There is a manifest sense of vitality about them this season and it stems from being ruthless when it comes to bringing in and moving along players. United just haven’t done that.

And Blind, who has looked like an incongruous relic from the Louis van Gaal era this season, needs to be part of a wider cleansing of the squad to make way for the new next summer.

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