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Blind eyeing midfield role for United

ESPN staff
September 10, 2014

Daley Blind wants to play as a central midfielder for Manchester United, according to Ajax manager Frank de Boer.

The Netherlands international joined the former Premier League champions for £14 million on transfer deadline day and is likely to make his debut against QPR on Sunday.

Blind was an integral part of United manager Louis van Gaal's Dutch team who came third in the World Cup, but he spent much of his time playing as a left wing-back or a left-sided centre-back.

His versatility gives Van Gaal the option of deploying him in any one of three central defensive positions for United but De Boer, who has led Ajax to four successive league titles, has suggested an alternative option.

"He [Blind] started as a full-back but I think now he prefers to be a controlling midfielder," De Boer told ITV. "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."

Blind is one of four summer signings who could make their competitive debuts for United against QPR along with Luke Shaw, who has been injured, Marcos Rojo, who did not have a work permit, and Radamel Falcao, the other deadline-day arrival.

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