Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind has been talking about his hopes for the future and the rebuilding process currently taking place at Old Trafford.
In quotes published by the Mirror, the Netherlands international revealed that he hoped to follow in the footsteps of his father, Danny Blind, who was known as something of a leader on the pitch when he played the game.
“I hope I become a bit of a leader like my dad was, but I am still young,” Blind said.
“I am still improving and this is a new era for me, coming to a new area.
“But I can be that (a leader). I have to learn it and have to keep it up but I am learning every day, including about being a leader.”
Blind has impressed since his summer move from Ajax, and while there are still issues to be resolved in United’s midfield, the Holland star has certainly added composure and confidence to that area of the pitch.
His presence in the side allows United’s more attack-minded players to do what they do best, and in time Blind could well become one of van Gaal’s most important players.
“We have to improve,” Blind said. “That is something we have to work on but we are still working hard on it in training.
“Training is very hard and very serious and we improve every day and you could see that in the first half against Everton.”
Now the trick is to start playing at their best for entire matches, and when they do, there is no telling how well United can perform.