Ronald Koeman: Southampton will target this Man United defender
The Southampton manager hopes to expose Daley Blind at St Mary's
Ronald Koeman says Southampton will look to target Manchester United defender Daley Blind at St Mary’s.
The Netherlands international has been played out-of-position at centre-half for the opening five games of the Premier League campaign alongside Chris Smalling.
It’s our job to analyse opponents and, if he plays left or as a centre-back, we can do some movements in attack with crosses
Louis van Gaal’s men suffered a 2-1 defeat by Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Tuesday night, conceding twice from set-pieces.
And the Saints manager, whose side have collected six points from a possible 15 this term, is hoping to expose United’s weaknesses at the back in their clash on the south coast on Sunday afternoon.
“I think he [Blind] can play very well out of that position but he’s not really a strong defender physically. That’s sometimes the problem,” Koeman told Sky Sports.
“He has a lot of other qualities out of that position that can be very positive for the team.
“It’s our job to analyse opponents and, if he plays left or as a centre-back, we can do some movements in attack with crosses.
“We know that Pelle is very strong and normally he’s stronger than Blind is or stronger than [Marcos] Rojo is.”
The 20-time English champions have won three of their opening five games in the Premier League this season.
The Red Devils have won seven of their last eight trips to St Mary’s in all competitions.
Van Gaal’s side can climb up to second place in the Premier League table with victory over the Saints.