Louis van Gaal has hinted that versatile midfielder Daley Blind could be the answer to Manchester United's defensive problems next season.
The Dutch international was deployed as a holding midfielder for the majority of last season and was occasionally played at left-back but partnered Phil Jones in the centre of defence during United's 1-0 win over Club America on Friday.
Following a strong performance in the opening 45 minutes in Seattle, Van Gaal hinted that the 25-year-old could become a regular fixture in defence.
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The additions of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin last week plus the existing presence of Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera at Old Trafford may limit Blind's opportunities in midfield so I move into the back four may be beneficial for his first team chances.
Van Gaal has made it clear of his preference to play with a left footed centre back, which could open the door to a change of position for the Dutch international, who made 29 appearances last season.
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Marcos Rojo is the other man in the current squad who fits the bill for Van Gaal and the Dutch manager hinted the two players could go head to head for the position.
Following the opening match of United's pre-season tour, Van Gaal,attributed by the Manchester Evening News, said: “It could be, it could be.
“Marcos Rojo is not here, he shall come on July 25. I want to play always with a left-footed central defender and he can do the job. Maybe he shall play. But other players can play there.
“Last year I played with Jones and Smalling in that position. Even McNair has played there. But my preference is always a left-footed central defender.
“In Rojo and Blind, we have two players who can play there.”
Argentinian defender, Rojo, was unfortunate with injuries throughout his debut season at Old Trafford and was only able to make 22 appearances following his £16 million move from Sporting Lisbon.
Despite the many questions surrounding the strength of their back four, Van Gaal's men had the fourth best record in the league, conceding 37 goals.
Much of that was down to the performances of Player of the Year David de Gea who spared his teammates blushes on numerous occasions.
Keeping hold of De Gea may prove to be pivotal to any success for the Red Devils next season. The loss of the Spanish international would surely expose the weakness' in United's defence.