Three reasons Man United should play Daley Blind at centre-half

Shona Duthie examines why Manchester United should consider playing Daley Blind at centre-half

Versatility

Daley Blind has the skill set to play as a left-back, a centre-half and as a defensive midfielder. Having a successful run as a defensive midfielder at Ajax under Frank De Boer, Blind was able to exert his influence in a deep position in midfield. This skill is something he could bring to the back line, and it is still an area that Manchester United need covered. He can provide positional intelligence in this role and to the team as he has played in many positions in the back-line. Blind has the capabilities to solve multiple position problems and this could be beneficial to United in their campaign for next season’s Premier League title.

Already knows the team

Having already played with the team for a season, it means he does not need to adapt to the players or the game. United need to start the season dominantly and as mentioned, Blind has the skill set to do so. Last season, United were seventh in terms of clean sheets and they need to make a statement. During the Sir Alex Ferguson era, Old Trafford became a place that teams feared. Van Gaal needs to bring that scare factor back and Blind could be the exact man for the job.

Van Gaal’s Formation

With Van Gaal playing a 5-3-2, United need a centre-half who is left-footed. Also, if tactics are to change during the game, Blind can be moved into another position and moved around the pitch. This is something that does not seem to faze Blind, something that would be a great highlight to United’s defence line. He can easily adjust to any task that he is given, Blind is the perfect utility man and is completely talented. The Dutch midfielder could easily partner up with Chris Smalling to add some defensive solidity. It could make United a formidable force to see Bind play in this position.

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