Man United’s Daley Blind responds to Gary Neville’s criticism
Daley Blind isn't fazed by criticism from the Manchester United legend
Daley Blind insists he has no problem with Gary Neville’s criticism of the Manchester United midfielder.
The former Red Devils defender claimed that the Netherlands international has taken the “easy option” with his passing on too many occasions.
I listen to him (Gary Neville) but I try to play my own game and do what the trainer wants from me
Blind has been deployed in a variety of positions under Louis van Gaal this season, including centre midfield, left midfield and left wing-back.
The 24-year-old is happy to keep his passing safe and allow his United team-mates blessed with more attacking flair to steal the limelight.
“I can take a bit of criticism. The people on TV can say what they want. You hear it but I think I have played some good games,” Blind told Manchester Evening News.
“Of course you can play the ball forward but sometimes it is good to keep the ball in possession and make your team mates play better. I can make other players more important than myself. If I can do that by switching the play to the other side or wait for the right moment to do that then I will.
“If there is space forward then I will play that ball but sometimes I think it is better to keep possession, to switch from side to side and move the ball and search for players who can make an individual action.
“I am not a player who does that. I like the possession game. I like to keep the ball and wait for the openings.
“Of course, I listen to him (Gary Neville) but I try to play my own game and do what the trainer wants from me. He wants me to keep possession.”
Blind has scored one goal in 10 Premier League appearances, racking up 900 minutes of top-flight football despite suffering an ankle injury on international duty in November.
The versatile midfielder, who was named Dutch football of the year last season, completed a £16m move to United from Eredivisie champions Ajax in the simmer transfer window.
The Red Devils star was one of the breakthrough players at the World Cup after a series of impressive performance for Van Gaal’s Netherlands side.