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Ronald Koeman plays some mind games ahead of Man United clash with criticism of Daley Blind

The Southampton boss has identified the Dutch utility player as a weak-spot his side are keen to exploit this afternoon.

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SOUTHAMPTON WILL TARGET Daley Blind when they face Manchester United today, according to Saints boss Ronald Koeman.

Blind is a midfielder by trade but the Netherlands international has been preferred alongside Chris Smalling at the heart of United’s defence this season.

However, former United centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes Blind is the weak point of Louis van Gaal’s defence and Koeman is ready to exploit his slight frame.

“On one side I agree [with Ferdinand] about his position,” Koeman said.

“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 [striker Graziano] Pelle is very strong and normally he’s stronger than Blind is or stronger than Rojo is.”

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