Manchester United boss Jose Mourinhio has “six chosen ones” in his squad, according to Danny Blind, Daley’s father.
Speaking to Dutch sports website Ziggo Sport, the former Holland manager and defender appeared to make a subtle jibe at the United boss over his son’s recent game-time and claimed the Special One has his nailed-on favourites.
Blind Snr said: “They are David De Gea, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba – who is currently injured – Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
“For Mourinho, that is the frame of his side.
“Valencia is also his captain.
“Around these six chosen ones, he keeps changing the players.
Blind Jr, who joined United under Louis van Gaal in 2014, has been involved in six of United’s games this season but has seen much of the bench in recent games, including the clashes against Southampton and Crystal Palace games.
Blind Snr added: “Sometimes he makes a choice between Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial.
“Sometimes it is Blind or Ashely Young or, rarely, Matteo Darmian.”
Mourinho’s heavily-rotated-but-six United are currently joint-top of the Premier League table, equalling rivals Man City on points but trailing on goal difference.
United beat Crystal Palace 4-0 at Old Trafford yesterday, while City got the better of title-rivals Chelsea in a 1-0 win.