Daley Blind is too cautious, says Neville

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New Manchester United signing Daley Blind has been slammed by former-United defender Gary Neville for playing it too safe with his passes.

The £14m summer signing from Ajax scored his first United goal against West Brom last month, and has quickly settled into Louis van Gaal's starting lineup in a defensive midfield position.

But Neville believes the Dutch international is too cautious with his passing, and Neville has urged the midfielder to be more aggressive and forward thinking.

"He [Blind] has got to start looking up more and playing forward," Neville said on Sky Sports. "He plays far too many square passes and takes the easy option."

Despite spending around £150m on new players over the summer, van Gaal has actually got off to a worse start as United boss than previous manager David Moyes.

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Blind was part of a 2014 summer transfer haul that included Angel Di Maria, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera, as well as Luke Shaw and Radamel Falcao on loan.

But United have made their worst start to a campaign in almost 30 years, and currently sit tenth in the Premier League table after 10 games.

The Old Trafford club have a wealth of attacking talent, including Falcao, Di Maria, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie - but the Dutch striker has just three goals so far this season.

Defensive deficiencies

A far bigger problem than the attack though, is United's leaky defence. Van Gaal's side have shipped 14 goals already this season - that's more than West Brom and Stoke and almost three times as many as Southampton.

They face Crystal Palace at Old Trafford next before a two week break takes them to the Emirates Stadium to play Arsenal on Saturday November 22nd.

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