Despite criticism from ex-Manchester United star Gary Neville, Daley Blind has insisted he will not change his style of play. 

  • By Michael Bell

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Neville, now a commentator with Sky Sports, had criticised Blind for a lack of adventure in his game and feels he plays it safe with too many “square passes”.

However Blind has hit back, saying there is nothing wrong with his style of play, which helps the team keep possession, something coach Louis Van Gaal feels is precious.

Blind is quoted by The Telegraph saying “I can take a bit of criticism,

“The people on television can say what they want, you hear it, but I think I have played some good games.

“Of course, I listen to him (Neville), but I try to play my own game and do what the trainer wants from me and that is to keep possession.

“It is important to keep the ball and make the opponent more tired.

“It is not always the case the finish the game in the first-half but you can do it in the second when the spaces become bigger when you have kept the ball for a long time. You have to wait for the right moment.

“It is all about waiting for the right moment. Sometimes the space is there, but other times you have to keep the ball and wait for an opening.”

“Of course, you can sometimes play the ball forward. But sometimes it is good to keep the ball in possession and make your team mates play better.

“I can make other players more important than myself. If I can do that by switching the play to the other side or wait for the right moment to do that then I will.

“If there is space forward then I will play that ball but sometimes I think it is better to keep possession, to switch from side to side and move the ball and search for players who can make an individual action.

“I am not a player who does that. I like the possession game and to keep the ball.”

Blind also urged fans to keep the faith in Van Gaal, “(Van Gaal) makes players better and he makes teams better. I like that in a coach. That is his most important asset.

“It was the same when I was with him with Holland. He wanted to make the team better. As the team got better, individuals started standing out as well.

“We didn’t play great football at the World Cup but we were a team and we were winning games, and we started playing better after winning. You change the system and you get better, you become a team and you start winning.”




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