Daley Blind tipped to star as controlling midfielder at Man United

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Ajax boss Frank de Boer has revealed that new Manchester United signing Daley Blind would prefer to play as a 'controlling midfielder' at Old Trafford despite having started his career as a full-back, reports the Manchester Evening News. 

The Dutch coach has insisted that the versatile youngster can quickly adapt to Premier League life, but must get used too the rhythm of the division.

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De Boer has also suggested that it's great move for the 24-year-old, having been at Ajax since the age of 10. 

Speaking to ITV, he said: "He started as a full-back but I think now he prefers to be a controlling midfielder. I think he'll have two or three options [at United] -- either at wing-back or on the left in a central midfield pairing.

"For Daley it's a great transfer. He's been playing for Ajax since he was 10 years old, and now he can hopefully show his qualities at United.

"He'll have to get used to the rhythm of the league first, but he's a really quick thinker and nowadays that's very important."


If Blind is handed a midfield role at the Theatre of Dreams, then he will have to battle the likes of Ander Herrera and Darren Fletcher for a place in the first-team. Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick will also be hoping for opportunities when they return to the first team fold, whilst Angel di Maria can also slot in centrally. 

Louis van Gaal will certainly be hoping that his midfielders step up their game, with the middle of the park having proved a problem area for the club in recent years. A number of players, including the likes of Tom Cleverley and Anderson have failed to make an impact at United in recent time, and now the likes of Blind  and Herrera will be hoping to prove their worth. 


And Blind could be set to make his debut for the club this weekend, as the Red Devils play host to new-boys QPR on Sunday. As well as Blind, Van Gaal could hand debuts to the likes of Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao, whilst Angel di Maria could make his home debut for the club after featuring against Burnley before the international break.

Manchester United will be desperate to secure the three points this weekend after a poor start to the season. Van Gaal has yet to win a competitive match with the club, and will be hoping that his side start to find some form. 

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