Daley Blind could be forgiven if he felt a little worried about his own future at Manchester United following Louis van Gaal’s dismissal on Monday.
The Netherlands international doesn’t appear to be the type of player Jose Mourinho would trust at centre-back; although he reads the game well, he’s not strong, quick or tall.
Blind can also play at left-back and in central midfield, so it’s possible his versatility may save him from being axed this summer; however, it’s hard to imagine the 26-year-old lining up in Mourinho’s first-choice starting XI next season.
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The Dutchman signed for United at the very end of the 2014 summer transfer window partly because he was a fan of Van Gaal’s methods.
The two men appeared to have a good working relationship, so it’ll come as no surprise that Blind has defended his sacked compatriot. He becomes the first United player to speak out in public about the Red Devils’ decision to fire Van Gaal.
"I've enjoyed working with the manager so much,” Blind was quoted as saying by the Mirror. "I would have liked to have carried on for a long while.
"A manager at a big club in the Premier League will always be under pressure.
"But in the case of Van Gaal he has not been treated fairly over the last six months.”
Blind: Van Gaal deserved more respect
Blind believes Van Gaal, due to his past achievement in the game, deserved more respect - hinting the 64-year-old has received an unfair amount of criticism from the media.
"I think a manager with the status of Van Gaal, who has achieved so much in his career, deserved more respect,” the defender added. "No matter what was said or written about him as a manager, he never stopped protecting us as players.
"He has defended us under any kind of circumstances, he was always taking the stick instead of us.
"I think I can say that the whole squad is grateful for that, for what he has done in that respect for us as players.
"As players we kept believing in each other and we also kept believing in our manager, which was part of the reason we were able to win the FA Cup.
"We achieved this as a group, including the manager. In the end, this was a successful season in our eyes."
This season was not a success for Man Utd
Plenty of Manchester United fans would beg to differ.
Finishing inside the top four and securing Champions League football for a second successive season was the minimum requirement for Van Gaal - but he failed.
Mourinho, meanwhile, will be appointed as the Dutch coach’s successor within the next 48 hours.
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