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Blind ready to answer United’s defensive SOS ahead of Etihad derby with City

Date Posted,April 24, 2017

Daley Blind insists he can answer Jose Mourinho’s SOS ahead of the Manchester derby.

United go into Thursday’s Etihad clash suffering from a defensive crisis after Marcos Rojo joined Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on the sidelines.

The Argentine has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury while Smalling and Jones haven’t played since the international break.

Mourinho has called on the England duo to make themselves available but Blind is expected to partner Eric Bailly at the Etihad, reports the Manchester Evening News.

And the Dutchman is confident of keeping another clean sheet alongside Bailly after the pair impressed in the 2-0 win over Burnley.

Blind blocks a shot from Andre Gray (Photo: Jan Kruger)
Rojo is out for the rest of the season (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

He told MUTV: “I think we have a good understanding in spite of the language [difference] but I think it went very well and we played particularly well.

I played there [at centre back] a lot of times last season and I feel confident in the position, I feel good in the position and 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.”

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