Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal’s decision to put Daley Blind at centre back has raised eyebrows, but the former Ajax star has hit back at those critics.

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blind man utd centeeUsually deployed at left back or in midfield, Blind was used as a centre back during Manchester United’s Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The decision was questioned by critics and supporters on social media, but after helping Manchester United start the season with a victory and clean sheet, Blind has hit back at those critics, claiming he is “smart enough” for a role in the centre of defence.

Blind told MUTV, “I’ve said many times before that I just want to play.

“If you see what everyone can add to the team, then it’s a real battle for places and everyone had to fight for a position.

“I got a chance on this occasion and I tried my best. Of course, people always say I don’t have the height or the power but I think I’m clever enough and smart enough.

“I think we did well at the back, together with Chris [Smalling], Luke [Shaw] and Matteo [Darmian], and we got a clean sheet so I was happy.”

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