As reported by The Mirror, former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has criticised Jose Mourinho for not using Daley Blind more than he has done this season.
The Dutch defender hasn’t started an English Premier League match since August, leading to questions about his long-term future at the club.
Now the manager who brought him to Old Trafford has rushed to his defence and suggested he move to Barcelona.
As quoted by The Mirror, Louis van Gaal said:
He is not even on the bench for United sometimes. Daley can play in more than one position and at Barcelona he would never be sat in the stand. I think Daley would fit in better at Barcelona anyway. His level and his style of play is more suited to Spain than England. He can operate as a central defender who builds up the play. He can be a defensive midfielder or an attacking left back. Daley can do it all.
Is Jose Mourinho under-utilising him or is van Gaal simply showing his bitter side after leaving the club?
Despite not playing much English Premier League football this season, Blind has still been utilised in important matches, playing every minute of United’s UEFA Champions League group stage.
With the knockout stages to follow and FA Cup action due to start soon, he will be needed for matches in all three competitions and although it may be frustrating for the defender to be sitting on the bench, Mourinho still recognises he is excellent back-up in a variety of positions.
He could fit in at a number of elite clubs and if he wants a move, he’ll likely get it, but until the end of the season at least he should bide his time and take his opportunities when they come.
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