Louis van Gaal has urged Daley Blind to leave the club in the latest of his jabs at his former employers.
Blind has struggled for game-time in recent weeks, with Jose Mourinho opting to go for Ashley Young and Luke Shaw at left-back, while Nemanja Matic holds the defensive midfield position with Ander Herrera his immediate back up.
It almost seems as if there is no place for the Dutchman in the side anymore, and the fact that he hasn’t been offered a new contract yet, despite his current one running out in the summer, could point towards a departure at the end of the season.
Barcelona are rumoured to be interested in the 27-year-old, with Javier Mascherano set to depart for the riches of the Chinese Super League.
Seeing the chance, Van Gaal has pounced on, after having previously said in his own words that he ‘spites United’.
Blind was signed under the former Netherlands boss, and he played an important role in the manager’s two-year spell at the club.
Now that the son of Dutch legend Danny Blind is on the fringes of Mourinho’s squad, van Gaal has suggested that he leave the club, as the versatile player would ‘never be sat in the stand’ if he were at the Catalan club.
“Daley Blind is better off going to Barcelona, than staying with Man United. He is not even on the bench for United sometimes. Daley can play in more than one position and at Barcelona he would never be sat in the stand,” LVG stated.
“I think Daley would fit in better at Barcelona anyway. His level and his style of play is more suited to Spain than England. He can operate as a central defender who builds up the play. He can be a defensive midfielder or an attacking left back. Daley can do it all.”
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