Blind completes transfer from United back to Ajax
Daley Blind has completed a transfer from Manchester United back to former club AFC Ajax.
Blind made the move to Old Trafford after starring at the World Cup in Brazil, where he famously supplied the left-footed cross that led to former United striker Robin van Persie’s now iconic diving header against Spain.
Holland went on to reach the semi-finals of that tournament under the management of Louis van Gaal, who took charge of United afterwards and made Daley one of his first acquisitions.
In total, across four seasons in England, Blind registered 141 Reds appearances and scored six goals.
The 28-year-old also won four trophies and his first was the 2016 Emirates FA Cup, when he played every minute of our celebrated 2-1 extra-time victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium.
The FA Community Shield success over Leicester City followed in August and our League Cup triumph against Southampton in February 2017.
Blind’s standout achievement at United was surely the UEFA Europa League triumph over Ajax on that emotional evening in Stockholm, where he contributed to a pivotal clean sheet at centre-back alongside his good friend Chris Smalling.
He made 17 appearances across the 2017/18 season and now bids farewell to United as he returns home to Amsterdam.
Following the announcement of his transfer, Daley posted a lengthy statement on Twitter, thanking everyone connected to the club for supporting him and expressing how proud he has been to represent United...
First of all I want to say how proud I am to be a part of the Manchester United family. To play for the biggest club in the world with such a history meant a lot to me. I had 4 great years with 4 trophy’s! (1/3) pic.twitter.com/6mUkmN4DTP— Daley Blind (@BlindDaley) July 17, 2018
I want to thank everyone, the Managers, coaches, the medical department, everyone who helped me to settle in so quick at the beginning, of course my teammates and last but definitely not least the fans! (2/3) pic.twitter.com/URF7TzvE3x— Daley Blind (@BlindDaley) July 17, 2018
I want to thank you for all the love and support I received and still get. I will never forget some of the special games and moments, I will miss you ‘The Theatre of Dreams’! But now its time to go home. 🔴 #MUFC (3/3) pic.twitter.com/GScz9Z6teb— Daley Blind (@BlindDaley) July 17, 2018
It goes without question that everyone at the club wishes Daley well for the future.