Daley Blind still follows his old team and admits he is “still a United fan.”
Blind was brought in to United by fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal. He was van Gaal’s go-to guy, he could and would play anywhere his team needed.
But after Van Gaal’s departure, and Jose Mourinho’s appointment, Blind found himself frozen out and used less and less.
The Dutchman has gone on to be a rock for Ajax and paying some of the best football of his career.
Blind though is forever a gentleman, and still follows his former team avidly, and his bitterly disappointed to see them fall.
In his press conference, reported by goal.com for Ajax, before their Champions League game against Chelsea, he shares his disappointment.
Of his old clubs current plight, he said:
“Of course I’m not happy to see Man Utd and how they’re performing at the moment.”
“I’m still a fan of United and it’s not nice to see.”
Blind has been impressed by his sides Premier League opponents, especially given the restrictions they are under.
“Regarding Chelsea, they are doing well, they have a good philosophy under a manager who wants to play out from the back.”
“They play different attacking football with a lot of youngsters and that’s nice to see.”
“From that perspective, it’s good.”
“But if you’re talking about United then I’m not happy about that, of course.”
He is fully aware of the threat posed by Tammy Abraham, but he’s confident in his team’s ability.
“[Abraham] is doing very well at the moment, he’s a big striker, scored a lot of goals.”
“But I will take care of myself like I always do and we have to prepare as we always do – not just against the striker but also the whole team.”
“We attack as a team and we defend as a team. I think that’s the most important thing.”
Oh, how United must be kicking themselves, to see some of the players they deemed not good enough going on to better things.
Blind is just one of several who have proved the likes of Jose Mourinho wrong.