October 11, 2022
Daley Blind explains why he left United and backs Erik ten Hag to succeed

When Erik ten Hag was announced as Manchester United manager, one of the first players to react and congratulate him was Daley Blind.

Blind is the only player who has played for Manchester United to play under Ten Hag, so far, having been signed by the Dutchman in 2018. He remains the manager’s second most expensive signing at £14.4m , even as one of his first five signings. for the club.

Ten Hag spent four years at Manchester United, signed by Louis van Gaal and playing under Jose Mourinho, as full-back, centre-back and central midfielder.

Since returning to Ajax, Blind has played a key role under Ten Hag, winning three Eredivisie titles.

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Daley Blind explains why he left United

In a new interview with Bij Andy in Autotranscribed by Ajax Showtime, Daley Blind explains why he left United.

Blind, 32, explains: “I was a bit dubious at United. I could stay, but it was a bit desperate in the second year under Mourinho.

“I wanted something different and I wanted to play. I preferred to go home. I was also a little tired from traveling. We had to stay in a hotel for every game and I was kind of done with that.

Blind’s role had been reduced in the second season under Mourinho, with Victor Lindelof signed in 2017.

But despite that, he doesn’t hold any grudges against Mourinho and is very complimentary about his former boss.

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Blind praises Mourinho

Blind said playing under Mourinho was a culture change for him, and he is very happy to have lived.

He explained: “Mourinho was completely different from what you know as a Dutch footballer. He’s so performance-oriented and tactical.

“It was defensive, but he can read the games in advance like that. He can completely destroy an opponent by putting tactics aside. I thought it was great to experience that.

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Support Erik ten Hag to succeed

Amid praise for Mourinho, Ten Hag also backed Erik ten Hag to succeed at Manchester United, urging the club to give him the right support.

Blind said: “He’s really on top. It’s not an easy job, of course, but he doesn’t run away either.

“He takes up the challenge. I have faith in him. He must have the board behind him, just like Overmars and Edwin [van der Sar] were always behind him. No matter what happened.”

Blind’s comments are right, the United board must back Ten Hag unequivocally, signing the players they want and selling the players they want to get rid of.

The former United Blind star knows better than anyone what Ten Hag is capable of if backed up, and everyone needs to buy in, on and off the pitch.

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