Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says Daley Blind 'is not really a strong defender physically'
Last Updated: 19/09/15 11:25pm
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says he thinks his side may have some success if they target Daley Blind when Manchester United visit on Sunday.
Blind has been a regular at centre-back for United this season but club great Rio Ferdinand has described him as a "weak point" there, because it is not his best position.
And, even if Blind is moved to left-back to replace the injured Luke Shaw, Koeman thinks he may struggle to cope with Saints forward Graziano Pelle.
Koeman said: "On one side I agree [with Ferdinand] about his position.
"I think he can play very well out of that position but he's not really a strong defender physically. That's sometimes the problem.
"He has a lot of other qualities out of that position that can be very positive for the team.
"It's our job to analyse opponents and, if he plays left or as a centre-back, we can do some movements in attack with crosses.
"We know that Pelle is very strong and normally he's stronger than Blind is or stronger than [Marcos] Rojo is."
Former PSV man Memphis Depay is also likely to be in the United team after joining in the summer and Koeman says that he has looked into signing the forward himself.
"When he was in the first team of PSV he was showing his qualities," said Koeman. "He is physically strong and fast, and is clinical to score goals.
"He had a great season and I think it was the right moment to move from Holland.
"PSV would not sell a player like that to Feyenoord [who Koeman managed in the past] but I was interested in him when I came to Southampton.
"In that summer we contacted the agent, who is also the agent of my brother [and assistant, Erwin], so it was easy.
"We showed interest but they said he would stay in Holland another year and then maybe he would like to move.
"We knew if interest from big clubs comes along, we don't win. That is normal.
"If you can move to United, Chelsea, Bayern, Real Madrid, you choose that. Not Southampton."
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