Manchester United defender Daley Blind has been a major reason towards the resurgence that the team has experienced in the last few weeks. They have managed to win three consecutive matches, but one of the biggest tests will come in the form of a home match against Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini’s men have not been convincing away from home this season. This is clearly witnessed from their current away form. City have lost their last four trips away from the Etihad stadium in all competitions. Despite this,Blind is not expecting anything other than a very tough encounter on Sunday evening.
Blind got his first taste of the Manchester derby in the first half of the campaign and it ended in a sour note for United. They lost their fourth consecutive match against their arch rivals. Determined to improve on this very poor record,Blind says that United can dig into the confidence that they have built over the last few weeks in order to get a victory. Liverpool will be rubbing their hands at the prospect of seeing United drop points. Even though they have fallen eight points behind the Red Devils, the probability of closing the gap still remains with six matches left after Sunday.
“The biggest memory of that first Manchester derby was when I saw one of our players on the ball in the middle of the pitch when suddenly a City player came flying in.He was off the ground and his leg was straight and it was only because my team-mate jumped out of the way that he was not injured severely.I was stood right next to the tackle. I turned to the referee and screamed, ‘Hey, this is crazy’.But the referee didn’t even blink,” said Blind in an interview prior to the match.