Man United star Daley Blind discusses centre-half role
Manchester United makeshift centre-half Daley Blind runs rule over his new role in Louis van Gaal's side
Daley Blind says he is happy to continue as Manchester United centre-half.
The Netherlands international has been deployed alongside Chris Smalling at the centre of United’s defence since the start of the season.
I am a player who can adapt fast to different positions, whether it be midfield, left-back or now centre-back
The United duo had kept three successive shutouts before a surprise 2-1 defeat by Swansea City at Liberty Stadium in their most recent Premier League game.
However, Blind’s confidence hasn’t been shaken despite their first loss of the season, and the 25-year-old Dutchman is happy to play in a wide variety of positions thanks to his famed versatility.
“I played there in the Ajax youth team,” Blind told United’s website.
“I’m happy that Ajax’s academy allowed me to play in different positions and to improve to become the player that I am now.
“I am a player who can adapt fast to different positions, whether it be midfield, left-back or now centre-back. I try to look to each position and ask myself: ‘What is needed for this position?’ ‘What do I have to do in this position?’ and try to work from that. I am very happy that I can play in these positions.”
Blind moved to United in a £16m deal from Eredivisie side Ajax after the defender impressed during last summer’s World Cup.
Last Sunday’s loss left United fifth in the table and level on seven points with top-four rivals Liverpool and Arsenal.
The Red Devils hosts bitter rivals Liverpool in their next Premier League fixture at Old Trafford next Saturday.