Squad man prepared to quit Manchester United in the summer

Date published: Tuesday 9th January 2018 1:07

Daley Blind is reportedly preparing to leave Manchester United in the summer if his first-team prospects do not improve.

The 27-year-old made 20 Premier League starts last term in Jose Mourinho’s first term in charge, but his chances have been limited this season.

The Dutch utility man has made 15 appearances, but just three of those have been starts in the Premier League and ESPN claim Blind will consider his options at the end of the season.

Blind has not started in the league since August and he has fallen behind Ashley Young and Luke Shaw in the pecking order at left-back, while Mourinho has been unwilling to throw Blind into midfield.

He did start Friday’s FA Cup win over Derby at centre-back, but he has not been trusted in the Premier League at the heart of the defence, alhough he has had a couple of run-outs in central defence in the Champions League – with one of those the 1-0 defeat to Basel.

The Times recently claimed United were set to trigger a one-year extension in Blind’s contract to tie him to the Old Trafford club until 2019.

However, they are only protecting the value of the player, who signed for £14million under Louis van Gaal in 2014.

The report claims Jose Mourinho will not stand in the way of Blind if he decides to get more game time elsewhere in the summer.

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