Man United newbie backed to solve midfield woes

Daley Blind’s former manager Frank de Boer is confident that the Dutchman can solve Manchester United’s midfield issues.

The versatile Oranje star completed his long-awaited £14m switch to Old Trafford from Ajax on transfer deadline day after starring for Louis van Gaal’s Holland side at the World Cup.

Although the 24-year-old was deployed as a left wing-back in Brazil, he spent much of last season as a central midfielder under Do Boer at the Amsterdam ArenA, where he earned praise for his performances.

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United openly chased Arturo Vidal for much of the summer and after missing out on the Chilean Kevin Strootman is now a target, with LVG thought to be desperate to add energy and dynamism to his engine room.

But Blind’s old coach thinks that the Red Devils may already have the man to strengthen their midfield:

“He [Blind] started as a full-back but I think now he prefers to be a controlling midfielder,” he is quoted by ESPN.

“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.”

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