Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind has admitted that he's ‘listened’ to Gary Neville’s criticism of his style, but believes he has no reason to change his game at this stage.
The ex-Red Devils full-back turned Sky Sports pundit accused Blind of playing “far too many square passes” and taking the “easy option" in a pretty scathing critique of the Dutchman's start to life at Old Trafford, but he's adamant there's no to take drastic action as a result.
The versatile Dutch international responded told the Daily Mail: “Of course I listen to him [Neville], but I try to play my own game and do what the trainer wants from me and that is to keep possession.”
A player capable of stunning passes, like the assist from his own half for Robin van Persie’s header against Spain at the World Cup, Blind suggests it is important to pick moment carefully rather than force the issue.
He insists: “If there is space forward the I will play the ball, but sometimes I think it is better to keep the ball. I can make other players more important than myself. If I can do that by switching the play to the other side or wait for the right moment to do that then I will.”
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Summer signing pleads for patience
Blind's apt assessment suggest where he sees himself. Self aware of his ability and conscious of his managers demands, he acts as a vital cog for a United side in transition and in desperate need of balance.
Blind, who returns after two months out with a medial ligament injury, is set to start against Cambridge in the FA Cup. The Manchester United midfielder is sure that Louis Van Gaal will get the system right.
Criticism of Van Gaal a familiar story
Urging fans to be patient Blind said, “I don’t think the whole philosophy of the club has changed in the way we are playing. He [Van Gaal] is very honest and direct in what he wants.”
Having been brought into Holland squad for the World Cup by Van Gaal, Daley Blind believes that Van Gall will win over Manchester United’s faithful just like he did with Holland last summer.
“It was the same [criticism] when I was with him with Holland. He wanted to make the team better. As the team gets better individuals start standing out,” Blind has insisted.