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Daley Blind Thread

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Had an abysmal tour frankly but I do like him a lot at CB - particularly in a three, despite some piss poor showings in the tour - he seemed to win Mourinho over last season and is versatile - hopefully he has a good season, one of our few defenders that are capable of playing it out the back and picking out a pass (albeit he seemingly forgot that during the pre-season :L - hey that's what it's for I guess) 

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Dead thread. 

It's crazy to me that Jose refuses to acknowledge him as anything more than a LB or a 6th choice CB.

Partner him with Smalling or Lindelof yesterday and you change the dynamics of that defence. I bet Lindelof would look a lot better too. Hopefully we get to see that at some point because seeing him partnered with Smalling all the time feels like we're starting a -1 scoreline.

 

Anyway, a nice article here concerning all of this;

http://www.umaxit.com/index.php/columns/jose-mourinho-remains-indifferent-to-daley-blinds-broad-range

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@Juanderful

Partnering him with Lindelöf would be overkill. Basically the same player. Except Victor lack his confidence right now.

Blind and Smalling would be fine as a pairing.

He’ll probably start in Basel. He played two 90 minute friendlies for Holland recently, so José was probably satisfied with him being kept sharp.

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4 minutes ago, O said:

@Juanderful

Partnering him with Lindelöf would be overkill. Basically the same player. Except Victor lack his confidence right now.

Blind and Smalling would be fine as a pairing.

He’ll probably start in Basel. He played two 90 minute friendlies for Holland recently, so José was probably satisfied with him being kept sharp.

I've not seen enough of Lindelof to really comment in that respect. But I did mean more in the respect that Blind would provide a calming nature to the partnership which might be what he needs? Are they really comparable with their qualities though?

I'm not so sure he would get in ahead of Young at the moment to be honest. He seems to be first choice, leaving him, Shaw and Darmian to warm the bench. But yeah, lets see if he gets a start in midweek.

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7 minutes ago, Juanderful said:

I've not seen enough of Lindelof to really comment in that respect. But I did mean more in the respect that Blind would provide a calming nature to the partnership which might be what he needs? Are they really comparable with their qualities though?

I'm not so sure he would get in ahead of Young at the moment to be honest. He seems to be first choice, leaving him, Shaw and Darmian to warm the bench. But yeah, lets see if he gets a start in midweek.

They’re both ball playing centre backs. I can’t see them working as a pairing. Smalling provides the aggression and aerial ability they both lack.

If Shaw stays in the squad for long, Blind is fucked. Shaw is probably the most out of favour player at the club.

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As long as the core of the team is there,then any of the squad players can slot in where needed..

David

Valencia 

Matic

Pogba

Martial

Zlatan

Rashford

Lukaku. 

In that team..a Young,Shaw, Darmian,Smalling, Bailly, Jones,Rojo,Lindelof, Mata,Mkhitaryan, Mctominay ,Fellaini and Lingard, can slot in,depending on who is available, etc.

 

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well put, imo.

https://www.tifofootball.com/features/jose-mourinho-remains-indifferent-daley-blinds-broad-range/

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Jose Mourinho was running out of players. “We went to Liverpool with two midfield players,” he recalled last month, seeking sympathy for his negativity in a stalemate. Or he did if his definition of a central midfielder excludes the player who won the Dutch Footballer of the Year award operating in the middle of the park and who spent much of his first season at Manchester United there.

Mourinho was running out of centre-backs. It was last April and he cited his options to operate in the middle of the defence: the veteran midfielder Michael Carrick, the youngster Axel Tuanzebe, who had just 22 minutes of first-team football to his name, and the full-back Matteo Darmian. Eventually he settled for someone who had spent 75 minutes as a centre-back in a World Cup semi-final, with such success that he helped prevent Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain from scoring: Daley Blind.

Mourinho is far from the first manager to plead hardship when his resources are greater than he will acknowledge, but the instructive element is the way he has redefined Blind and the knock-on effect for United. Under Louis van Gaal, Blind was both a jack of three trades and, as United’s finest centre-back in 2015-16, the master of one. Under Mourinho, he has been reinvented as and reduced to one of those, along with Ashley Young and Darmian, competing for places in front of Luke Shaw in the queue for the left-back berth.

Because, when Carrick, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini were injured, Mourinho argued he only had two specialist central midfielders left. The sense is that he prefers to play 4-3-3 in the more demanding fixtures. Instead, he went to Anfield with a 4-4-1-1 formation and Stamford Bridge with a 3-4-3. He lost the midfield battle in both. He did not require a third centre-back at Chelsea as much as a third central midfielder and, while there are legitimate questions if Blind is a penetrative enough forward passer in the middle of the pitch, United needed numerical parity against Cesc Fabregas, N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko. Because Blind was pigeonholed as a left-back, they did not get it.

Rewind seven months and the manager seemed to turn to Blind to partner Eric Bailly after running out of alternatives. The Holland international perhaps justified Mourinho’s lack of confidence in him with a jittery performance at home to Celta Vigo in the Europa League: equally, it scarcely helped when his manager talks about his centre-backs without including Blind. He has only been used on the left this season.He was an unused substitute when Victor Lindelof came on for his disastrous cameo at Huddersfield.

He is too small and slow for a typical Mourinho centre-back. When Marcos Rojo is fit again, he will be sixth choice, at best, even though he anchored a defence that, for all the other flaws of Van Gaal’s team, proved hard to breach two seasons ago.

Few imagined Blind would benefit from Mourinho’s appointment. He seemed too much of a Van Gaal ally, a member of his Holland side in the 2014 and a man whose father captained the Dutchman’s Champions League-winning Ajax side. Perhaps he has done well to survive when his mentor’s signings, whether Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin or Memphis Depay, have been exiled. The suggestions United will trigger a contract extension reflect Blind’s professionalism as well as the financial imperative to avoid losing an asset on a free transfer next summer.

Nevertheless, the warning signs were there at Mourinho’s unveiling. “I am more a manager that likes specialists and not so much the multi-functional players because I am very clear in my approach,” he said. “Basically, I want specialists.” It seemed aimed at Van Gaal, whose fondness for odd-job men resulted in some quixotic choices. If his predecessor seemed too idiosyncratic in his decision-making, Mourinho has arguably been too inflexible: he has failed to recognise Blind’s ability to play centre-back and centre midfield.

The anomaly, a move so leftfield it was positively Van Gaal-esque, came when he selected Blind to convert a penalty against Benfica, one that Romelu Lukaku wanted and when Ander Herrera, Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were also on the field. He chose a multi-functional player ahead of specialists. It was uncharacteristic for Mourinho.

Especially as, rewind three years and, with Danny Blind his assistant, Van Gaal needed to find spot-kick takers in successive World Cup shootouts. He plumped for six others and never for Blind junior. Picking him to take penalties was too radical even for Van Gaal. Seeing him at the heart of his team was not. But by overlooking Blind’s many functions, Mourinho has failed to take advantage of great advantage, his versatility, and complicated his own decisions.

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Him and Darmian are waiting to be shipped off... just that we do not have enough cover is the reason they are still around. I would not mind one of them leaving in Jan and we instead give TFM that spot in the squad. Shaw's recovery could hand a lifeline to the LB position.

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I will be disappointed to see him go , he's a fantastic squad player and can cover numerous positions.

i think he'd be a perfect replacement for carrick, steady on the ball and a great range of passing , unfortunatly for Daley he's never been given the time or the chance to nail down the position, we will see the best of him when he moves on .

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Still injured

Hasn't got much of a look in this season

It looks like he's off in the summer

Shame...he looked really good alongiside Smalling at CB for a spell under LVG

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I had resigned myself to feeling as though he was to leave the club, but whether you want to read into this or not, he was included in the promotional material for next seasons pre-season tour.

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Honestly though, if we're only going to use him as a LB, I rather he just went to be honest.

Is he still injured, or is it the same 'injury' as Zlatan?

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