Blind shows faith for tough­est tests

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By GRA­HAM CHASE

Jeered

DA­LEY BLIND ad­mits that Manch­ester United need a HUGE im­prove­ment as they pre­pare for their ti­tanic dou­ble-header.

United host Chelsea on Sun­day be­fore another huge clash against bit­ter ri­vals Manch­ester City the fol­low­ing week­end.

Boss Louis van Gaal de­scribed Mon­day’s 2-2 draw with West Brom as their best per­for­mance of the cam­paign so far.

But they are al­ready a MAS­SIVE 10 points be­hind lead­ers Chelsea and five be­hind City.

Hol­land mid­fielder Blind bagged his first goal since join­ing from Ajax in the sum­mer to res­cue a point at the Hawthorns. And he ac­cepts that United will have to pull their fin­gers out to match their next two op­po­nents.

He said: “We played a good game and cre­ated a lot of chances, but gave two goals away which was a pity.

“We have to be sharper with that in the next games.

“But we can take con­fi­dence be­cause we played a good game. We’re go­ing into the next games with a lot of trust in each other.”

Blind hailed the con­tri­bu­tion of mis­fit Marouane Fel­laini – who came off the bench to fire his first United goal.

The Bel­gium pow­er­house has had a night­mare since be­com­ing David Moyes’ first sign­ing when he joined for £27.5mil­lion from Ever­ton last sum­mer.

He was even jeered by United’s fans in a pre-sea­son clash with Va­len­cia.

Blind said: “He came in and scored a fast goal, a great goal.

“His goal gave us a lot of trust in the game again and that’s why we cre­ated a lot of chances after that also. I thought he played well.”

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