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‘Man United fan’ Daley Blind hopes Solskjaer can turn things around

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Former Manchester United full-back Daley Blind hopes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will lead the club back into the Premier League top-four.

The Red Devils’ hopes of securing Champions League football will be put to the test tonight in a derby against Manchester City.

But a run of six defeats in their last eight matches, three of which have come in the Premier League, has left United’s top-four hopes under threat. Not helping matters was the club’s shocking 4-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday.

Although Blind, who left United last summer to rejoin Ajax, retains faith in Solskjaer and hopes thing turn around soon.

“When Solskjaer was appointed, there was a fresh positivity,” said Blind, according to Yahoo.

“They started well, but now they dropped a bit. Hopefully, they find their way to the top again, so they can qualify for the Champions League.

“I’m still a United fan, so I hope they’re back in business soon.

“Some guys send me compliments. Juan Mata, [Anthony] Martial, and these are very nice things to hear. I still have a strong connection with these lads, like Ashley Young. They’re such great guys. I had a good time there.”

Upon returning to Amsterdam, Blind has started all Ajax’s Eredivisie and Champions League games this season.

Erik ten Hag’s side appear to be getting even stronger as the campaign comes to a close. Aside from being on course for a first league title since 2014, Ajax will take part in their first Champions League semi-final in 22 years.

And Blind is relishing the chance to up against old Ajax players Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez for the club’s clash with Tottenham in the competition.

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a fantastic game,” Blind added.

“I’m delighted that I’m going to meet my old team-mates. To meet each other in the semi-finals of the Champions League, who would have thought that in advance?

“I think every person in Amsterdam has set their mind on this game. I speak with Jan from time to time. We get along quite well, on and off the pitch. So it’s going to be so much fun to meet again on the pitch.”