Daley Blind explains why he left United and backs Erik ten Hag to succeed at Old Trafford and praises Jose Mourinho

When Erik ten Hag was announced as Manchester United manager, one of the first players to react and congratulate him was Daley Blind.

Blind is the only player who has played for Manchester United to play under Ten Hag, for now, having been signed by the Dutchman in 2018. He remains the manager’s second most expensive signing at £14.4 million, even as one of his first five signings for the club.

Daley Blind spent four years at Manchester United, signed by Louis van Gaal and playing under Jose Mourinho, featuring at full-back, centre-back, and in central midfield.

Since returning to Ajax, Blind played a key role under Ten Hag, going on to win three Eredivisie titles.

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Daley Blind explains why he left United

In a new interview with Bij Andy in de Auto, transcribed by Ajax Showtime, Daley Blind explains why he left United.

Blind, 32, explains: “I was a bit dubious at United. I could stay, but it was a bit hopeless in the second year under Mourinho. 

“I wanted something different and I wanted to play. I preferred to go home. I was also a bit tired of traveling. We had to stay in a hotel for every match and I was kind of done with that.”

Blind’s role had been reduced in the second season under Mourinho, with Victor Lindelof signed in 2017.

But despite this, he has no hard feelings towards Mourinho, and is very complimentary about his former boss.

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Blind praises Mourinho

Blind said that playing under Mourinho was a culture change for him, and one he is very glad he experienced.

He explained: “Mourinho was completely different from what you know as a Dutch footballer. He is so performance oriented and tactical. 

“It was defensive, but he can read matches in advance like that. He can completely destroy an opponent by putting down the tactics. I thought it was great to experience that.”

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Backs Erik ten Hag to succeed

Amid the praise for Mourinho, Ten Hag also backed Erik ten Hag to succeed at Manchester United, urging the club to give him the right backing.

Blind said: “He’s really top notch. It’s not an easy job, of course, but he doesn’t run away from it either. 

“He takes up the challenge. I have faith in him. He must have the board behind him, just like Overmars and Edwin [van der Sar] were always behind him. Whatever happened.”

Blind’s comments are spot on, United’s board need to back Ten Hag unequivocally, signing the players he wants, and selling the players he wants to be rid of.

Former United star Blind knows better than anybody what Ten Hag is capable of if he is shown support, and everybody needs to buy in, on and off the pitch.

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