Manchester United lost their first game of the season this weekend, after Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side secured the three points. As you’d imagine, the fans weren’t happy, and the media were quick to call out the players who they felt underperformed.
One man who came in for some heavy criticism from a United legend in the form of Paul Scholes was Daley Blind. The Dutch midfielder has been utilised as a makeshift centre-back for the last twelve months, and although he has done well for the most part, we’ve seen him get exposed on occasion.
Scholes has identified Chris Smalling as the man to come in and replace the versatile Blind, and perhaps we’ll see the 26-year-old Netherlands international in a holding midfielder role.
“Blind is a better defensive midfielder for United than he is a centre-back but he’s been an excellent partner for Eric Bailly so far this season, hence why Chris Smalling is not in the team at the moment yet he’s not won everybody over yet,” said Scholes.
“I would rather see Smalling partner Bailly in the long-term.”
It’s a move that certainly makes a whole lot of sense. Chris Smalling has the height and calmness to be the perfect partner for Eric Bailly at the back – as well as the height that Jose Mourinho loves.
Our midfield is looking so stale at the moment, and Daley Blind will certainly be able to freshen that up. Perhaps a switch to a three in the middle of the park is the move that makes the most sense.