Blind happy to take leading role during Man Utd injury crisis

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With Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo nursing knocks, the Dutchman is happy to play wherever he is needed for Jose Mourinho's side

Daley Blind is prepared to play “where the manager needs me” as Manchester United nurse their way through a defensive injury crisis.

Jose Mourinho has seen his ranks depleted by untimely knocks to Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo.

Eric Bailly has managed to steer clear of the treatment table for now, but he is one of few senior players comfortable playing at centre-half available to the Red Devils.

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Blind is another, with the versatile Dutchman having helped to keep a clean sheet alongside his Ivorian colleague in United’s 2-0 victory over Burnley on Sunday.

The 27-year-old, who has often operated at left-back this season, told MUTV on his role heading forward: "I feel very confident about the position [centre-back] myself. It was a very good performance from the team too, I think.

"I played there a lot of times last season and I feel confident in the position; I feel good and I feel comfortable.

"I'm happy to play there again and of course everybody knows me - I play where the manager needs me, and I just want to play like anybody else. I'm just happy for the team that we put in a good performance here today."

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Blind is also capable of operating in a holding midfield role, but his services are very much needed at the back for now.

It is not just in defence that United have suffered injury blows, though, with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata also nursing knocks.

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Mourinho has, however, been able to add depth to the Old Trafford squad, and Blind is confident that the club can cope without a number of notable absentees.

He added ahead of a derby date with Manchester City on Thursday: "Yes, we have a big squad. Everybody is ready and we need everyone.

"You can see that and we have to realise that as well, that you have to be ready when you’re needed. That’s why we can still fight for what we want."

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