Daley Blind says he is happy to play at centre-back so long as it means he is playing for Manchester United.
The Holland international played alongside Chris Smalling in the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur. He was far from convincing at times, but Blind eventually helped the Red Devils towards a clean sheet in a narrow 1-0 win.
Fans and pundits were quick to criticise the Dutchman's performance with many suggesting he is not good enough to act as back-up to Marcos Rojo.
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But despite a far from perfect performance at Old Trafford, Blind says he is happy to continue playing a centre-back, especially if the alternative is wasting away on the bench.
Answering his critics, Blind accepts that he may not have the physicality of your typical defender, but insists that what he is lacking in stature, he makes up for with intelligence.
He told MUTV: “I’ve said many times before that I just want to play.
“If you see what everyone can add to the team, then it’s a real battle for places and everyone had to fight for a position.
“I got a chance on this occasion and I tried my best. Of course, people always say I don’t have the height or the power but I think I’m clever enough and smart enough.”
Back to the bench?
Rojo, who returned late for pre-season after competing in the Copa America, is expected to come back into the team once he regains his match fitness, but Blind will be given another chance to impress against Aston Villa on Friday.
Talking up his game ahead of the trip to Villa Park, Blind says that he success at keeping Tottenham's Harry Kane quiet is proof that the current back four, including Smalling, Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian, could be Louis van Gaal's first choice.
He said of Kane: “If you see our opponent, he’s very good. He wins a lot of headers and duels in the striking position so it’s not only about power and force.
“I think we did well at the back, together with Chris, Luke and Matteo and we get a clean sheet so I was happy.”
Is Daley Blind good enough to play at centre-back for Manchester United?