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Van Gaal demands Man Utd beat Barcelona for Daley Blind

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wants a deal in place for Ajax utility Daley Blind. The Mail on Sunday says Dutch World Cup star Blind is his first priority.

The 24-year-old Ajax player showed in Brazil, where he helped Van Gaal's Holland reach the semi-final, that he is infinitely better at adapting to different positions than Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, Phil Jones or Chris Smalling.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will be politely asked to secure the signature of Blind in the face of growing interest from Barcelona.

He can play left-back, wing-back or holding midfield. His father Danny was one of Van Gaal's assistants in Brazil.

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