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Blind: I'm clever enough

Published 10/08/2015

From the centre of defence Daley Blind helped Manchester United keep Tottenham's attack at bay on Saturday
From the centre of defence Daley Blind helped Manchester United keep Tottenham's attack at bay on Saturday

Manchester United's Daley Blind has hit back at those questioning the decision to play him at centre-back, insisting he is "clever enough and smart enough" for the position.

Blind, seen more regularly in midfield or at left-back in his first campaign with United last term, was used as a central defender in the Red Devils' 2015-16 Barclays Premier League opener against Tottenham on Saturday.

There has been plenty of debate about his suitability for the role.

And after helping his side to a 1-0 victory in the game at Old Trafford, the 25-year-old Holland international 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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