Daley Blind outlines his key role for Manchester United

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Daley Blind has been criticised in recent weeks for his role in Manchester United’s team.

As reported by the Manchester Evening News last week, former Red Devils favourite Gary Neville criticised summer arrival Daley Blind for always taking the easy option during games.

However, the 24-year-old Dutch international has responded to that view, telling Wasserman that his role in Louis van Gaal’s team requires him to give the ball to the more attacking players so they can create threats on the opposition’s goal.

Having been a vital part of the Netherlands side who finished third place at the World Cup under van Gaal, Blind was brought to Old Trafford to replicate his impressive displays, and, although disrupted by injury, he has brought stability and class to a squad frequently struggling to find form this term.

Commonly playing in a deep-lying midfield role, or occasionally filling in at central defence and left-back, it is not a surprise to see that Blind has scored just one goal in 10 Premier League games this season, and has yet to register an assist. However, his reserved performances have come under criticism from Gary Neville - as mentioned above - and he has responded to the criticism by telling Wasserman that he performs the role in the team that is laid out for him by van Gaal.

“I am someone who is always at the right time waiting to play the ball deep,” the former Ajax man said. “I will not soon make a hasty decision.

“Van Gaal will, like me, like to keep the ball in the team and the game moving from left to right or vice versa. If there is space to play forward, I will take it, but sometimes you just have to muster patience and take the time to build.

“Sometimes you have to let the ball to another. For example, [Angel] Di Maria can better create the attack than me. So I give him the ball and then I cover the hole he leaves behind.”

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