Dutch assistant admits turning down United offer in the summer

Holland assistant boss Danny Blind turned down a position at Manchester United in the summer.

Dutch assistant manager Danny Blind – Daley Blind’s father – admitted turning down the chance to join Manchester United’s coaching staff during the summer.

The 53-year-old coach was Louis van Gaal’s right hand man during the World Cup in Brazil and played a key role in Holland’s run the semi-final.

As former Barcelona manager Van Gaal took over the reins at Old Trafford his former partner Blind was left with his contract situation up in the air.

Speculation arose suggesting that the former Ajax technical director was to reunite with van Gaal at United in some capacity but the assistant position had already been given to club idol Ryan Giggs.

Instead, Blind opted to renew his deal with the Dutch national team and link up with new boss Guus Hiddink but not before considering a role with the Red Devils.

"Did I like that [the offer from United]? Yes, it was a tough decision", he said, quoted by Dutch publication Telesport while watching his son in action during United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

"Manchester United are a great club, just look around you. It's true that I could have been here. But the KNVB (Dutch FA) also made me a nice offer and I finally decided."

Blind’s son Daley joined the Red Devils from Eredivisie champions Ajax for a reported £13.8 million fee towards the end of the summer transfer window.

The 24-year-old defensive midfielder has immediately become a permanent fixture in van Gaal’s United side, scoring his first Premier League goal in last week’s 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

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