Almost as soon as Jose Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford, speculation began about which members of the Manchester United squad would be shown the exit door by the new manager.
The likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Daley Blind and James Wilson have all seen their United futures scrutinised in recent weeks, with Mourinho expected to stamp his authority on his new team.
Speaking today, however, one of those under the spotlight has proclaimed his confidence in playing a part for Man Utd and Mourinho this season - describing talk of his exit as a "mistake".
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"People were making that mistake very quick," Daley Blind said, via the Mirror, when discussing the rumours about a possible move away from Manchester.
"But nothing was said and just like all the other guys I want to work very hard and get my spot in the team.
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"I think in football, you never really have assurances. But I believe if you are confident and work hard that you will get chances.
"What I’m saying is not only for me but everyone in the squad. That’s what I do, work hard and I want to be part of the team."
After arriving at United from Ajax in the summer of 2015, Blind actually grew into one of Louis van Gaal's most consistent performers in what was a disappointing 2015/16 season for the club as a whole.
However, having gone public to defend the outgoing Dutchman, and with the big money arrival of Eric Bailly and return to fitness of Phil Jones on the horizon there has been talk that the 26-year-old may not feature in Mourinho's plans.
Rather than look for the exit door, though, the experienced defender is confident that he can rise to the challenge of increased competition in the weeks and months ahead.
"That is what makes it a big club and good for players. I definitely think as a player you always have to work hard and show the best of yourself and, yeah, be confident.
"I’m confident with my own qualities so I have to show it over and over again. I think in pre-season until now I’m doing a great job and I’ll keep working hard and we see how it ends."
Only time will tell if Blind is right to have so much belief in his future at United, but fans of the Old Trafford club will at least be encouraged by his attitude ahead of the new season.
While they'd probably quite like to see several members of the current squad shipped out this summer, Blind is unlikely to be at the top of many fans' lists.
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