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Manchester United utility man wants to stay at centre back

Since signing for Manchester United, from AFC Ajax in September last year, Daley Blind has played in numerous positions for the Red Devils.

In the Dutchman’s first season at Manchester United, he played left back, left midfield, left wing back, centre back, central midfield and defensive midfield.

Much like ex-United player, and now Sunderland captain, John O’Shea, Blind is capable of playing a number of positions, primarily at the back.

But this season, he’s managed to hold down one of the centre back positions in every single United starting eleven. He’s teamed up with Chris Smalling in central defence and their partnership has been fairly successful.

The combination of Smalling’s aggressive defensive play, and Blind’s vision and anticipation of the game, has created a decent pairing.

During pre-season, Blind featured alongside Phil Jones in every game, and they looked to be the prominent defensive duo, prior to Jones’ untimely injury.

Speaking to De Telegraaf, Daley Blind had this to say about his positional bias:

“Of course now I feel most comfortable in the centre-back position. There I play every week at Manchester United and I feel good,”

“I have not so much difficulty to play again at left back, central defender or midfielder. I know I can be an important link for this team. That’s what I show in lots of matches.”  

The Manchester United defender is currently away on international duty, but will have to keep the likes of Romelu Lukaku away from goal in United’s next Premier League game.

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