Daley Blind: I’m clever enough to play at centre-half for Man United

Daley Blind insists that he is happy to be deployed at centre-half for Manchester United this season

Daley Blind insists that he has no problem with being deployed at centre-half for Manchester United this season.

The Netherlands international lined up alongside Chris Smalling in the heart of the Red Devils’ defence on Saturday afternoon as Louis van Gaal’s men kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

Blind was initially brought to United from Ajax to play in midfield, but Van Gaal has opted to deploy the 25-year-old at centre-half and left-back since his transfer last summer.

And despite questions over whether he can cope with playing at centre-half on a regular basis, Blind insists that he is happy to play in that position for Van Gaal’s men.

“I’ve said many times before that I just want to play,” Blind said on Sky Sports News HQ.

“If you see what everyone can add to the team, then it’s a real battle for places and everyone had to fight for a position.

“I got a chance on this occasion and I tried my best. Of course, people always say I don’t have the height or the power but I think I’m clever enough and smart enough.

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“I think we did well at the back, together with Chris [Smalling], Luke [Shaw] and Matteo [Darmian], and we got a clean sheet so I was happy.”

The Red Devils, who face Club Bruges in the Champions League play-off round later this month, are next in action when they take on Aston Villa in the Premier League on Friday night.

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