English Premiership

Blind ready to prove his worth to Mourinho

2016-06-01 12:00
Chris Smalling and Daley Blind (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Manchester United defender Daley Blind is confident he will be able to fight for his place in the squad under new manager Jose Mourinho despite his lack of size.

Mourinho was announced as Louis van Gaal's successor last week and the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager is famed for his preference for tall, strong defenders.

At 5ft 11', Blind is hardly short, but neither is he incredibly tall and many believe he will not make the cut when the Portuguese boss overhauls the squad in the off season.

However, the Dutch defender is confident of his ability regardless of his size and is keen to remain at Manchester United and fight for his place in the team.

"I am looking forward to working with Mourinho. We will have to wait and see whether anything changes for me," he told NOS.

"I will just give my all and work hard. Mourinho is a manager who has achieved a lot and I am keen to work with him.

"I might not be as big as Pepe [who Mourinho coached at Real Madrid] but I think I have shown in the Premier League that I can hold my own defensively.

"We conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League and I think we got the most clean sheets. That's something to be proud of. I played nearly every game and that is a good feeling.

"You might be looking for a certain statement, but I will just give my all under Mourinho," he concluded.

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