Daley Blind has said in the Daily Star that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal cares little for price-tags and reputations when selecting his starting XI.
The Dutchman proved that over the weekend, with high-profile loan acquisition Radamel Falcao omitted from the matchday squad for a home date with Southampton.
United still had plenty of firepower at their disposal, but failed to muster a shot on target at Old Trafford as they slipped to a disappointing1-0 defeat against a fellow top-four hopeful.
Van Gaal must now decide whether to shuffle his pack again for a trip to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
Blind is aware that anyone hoping to figure at Loftus Road will have to prove their worth on the training ground, with fierce competition for places ensuring that no place is guaranteed.
The Holland international said in the Daily Star: “The prices (transfer fees) in the team are expensive, and the manager has said that as well. So you have to train, every day, very hard to show yourself and show that you really want to play.
“We are one team, we have to do it with each other, whichever eleven the coach chooses.”
Blind is confident that the next selection will get it right, with it important for United to offer a positive response to a frustrating showing against the Saints.
He added: “It’s very disappointing. When we get the ball we have to be more patient and wait for the chances to come. We are supporting each other and it feels like a really great team.
“We have to bounce back, we have to stand up as a team with each other and do the best we can in training, every day, and have a good week because we need a win next weekend.”
A setback against Southampton was United’s first in 12 outings in all competitions.
It allowed Ronald Koeman’s men to edge above them in the Premier League standings and back into third spot, but Van Gaal’s side remain inside the Champions League places.
Old adversaries Arsenal are breathing down their neck, though, with just one point separating the Red Devils from the Gunners.