Manchester United’s Daley Blind comments on his preferred position

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Daley Blind has been deployed in a number of positions this season for Manchester United.

Manchester United’s versatile star Daley Blind has told reporters that he prefers to play in midfield but is willing to play anywhere for the team, according to BBC Sport.

The Dutch international joined the Red Devils from Ajax in the summer, becoming one of a number of new recruits by head coach Louis van Gaal.

Widely regarding as a natural defensive midfielder, the 24-year-old is capable of playing in various positions and has been used at both centre-back and left-back for United this term.

However, when asked by reporters on his favoured role for the team, Blind was not shy in admitting that sitting in front of the back four does allow him to become more flexible.

“I enjoyed today. I got some space to switch the play and pass forward,” BBC Sport quotes him as saying. "For me it doesn't matter where I play, I can play in both positions. I prefer a little bit in midfield but if the trainer needs me to play on defence then I can do that."

Following his excellent performance during the Red Devils’ convincing 3-1 victory over Leicester City at Old Trafford, it becomes apparent why he favours a role in the middle.

  TouchesAccurate PassesTackles WonInterceptions WonEffective ClearancesMins Played
Daley Blind 121 97 3 5 4 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Eredivisie Player of the Year was heavily involved as he enjoyed the freedom of the Old Trafford pitch to dictate play from deep.

Blind took a whopping 121 touches, while defensively he was solid throughout as he produced three tackles, five interceptions and four effective clearances.

It was a display worthy of lavishing praise and one which United have been missing of late as they seek to get back on track in their bid for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

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