By Andy Hyslop
- Daley Blind played under Van Gaal at the 2014 World Cup before following him to Old Trafford
- Blind feels his former manager has been harshly treated
Daley Blind was one of many Dutch linked with a move to Old Trafford when Louis Van Gaal was appointed as Manchester United manager after the 2014 World Cup.
Blind did eventually make the move to United on September 1 2014 for fee of £13.8million to play for the manager who had given his International debut.
Since his move to United, Blind has made 84 appearances for the club and has been a mainstay of United defence this season. Forming a strong partnership at the heart of the defence.
Van Gaal is a manager that Blind has worked with for a large part of his career and was keen that association continued for a third season at Old Trafford but the news of Van Gaal’s sacking means that won’t happen.
Blind believes his former managers achievements meant he deserved more respect than he has been shown especially during the last six months when there has been constant speculation about his future.
Even though there was so much being written about him losing his job over the last months, he always looked to protect and shelter us.
It is not easy for a coach if you are repeatedly being fired in the newspapers.
Still, we as a squad kept believing in the manager and showed that with our FA Cup win.
That we did together for the supporters, the manager and for ourselves. It was in the end a good finish to the season.
Blind, like his team-mates will have to prove himself to the new manager, which looks nailed on to be Jose Mourinho.
Blind on the potential arrival of Mourinho:
If it is true that Jose Mourinho is coming, then it is also a manager who has achieved much. I will have to show what I can do.