Daley Blind: How Man United have improved me

Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind discusses how he has become a better player since Red Devils move

Daley Blind believes he has improved as a player since the midfielder joined Manchester United last summer.

The Netherlands international won a late penalty in a 2-1 win against top-four rivals Liverpool on Sunday, although Wayne Rooney missed the ensuing spot-kick.

The 25-year-old has been a regular fixture in Louis van Gaal’s first team so far this season, scoring two goals and notching up one assist in 18 Premier League games for the Red Devils.

And the reigning Dutch football of the year, who moved to United from Ajax in a £16m deal in the transfer window last summer, is happy with his start to life at Old Trafford.

“In the Premier League, you have to grow,” Blind is quoted as saying by Manchester Evening News.

“I noticed that the rhythm of the game is much higher. The games just went much faster than in the Netherlands. That comes in handy for me in the Dutch national team, and also in my career.

“When you develop yourself, you can become a more complete player and that’s what I want – to get better every day, to learn little things; and these should naturally be reflected in the game.”

The Red Devils are five points clear of their nearest rivals for a Champions League spot, Liverpool, after their narrow win against their bitter rivals at Anfield last weekend.

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