Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind 'proud' of career six years after his debut

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Daley Blind made his debut for Ajax six years ago to the day.

This summer Manchester United spent plenty of cash, with £13.8 million of it being spent on Ajax midfielder Daley Blind.

The holding player, who can also play at left full-back, was a shrewd acquisition, especially after his sensational performances at the World Cup in Brazil in the summer.

Just as he was starting to look like a fixture in the United midfield he suffered an injury on international duty. He damaged the medial ligament in his knee, but his recovery has been superb and it is even reported that he might return to action for Manchester United before Christmas - rather than the initial 2015 target.

Today is actually an historic day for Blind. It is the sixth anniversary of his professional debut with Ajax.

On the 7th December 2008 an 18-year-old Blind replaced Cameroonian international Eyong Enoh in the 62nd minute as Ajax won 2-1 against FC Volendam. The goals that day were in fact scored by Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur and former Liverpool superstar Luis Suarez - with the likes of Thomas Vermaelen and Urby Emanuelson in the starting XI for Ajax.

It was the first of what would go on to be 146 appearances for the club, a tally United fans will hope he surpasses at Old Trafford.

Today the Dutch international took to Instagram to show his gratitude for six years in the professional game and his pride in his achievements.

Here's to six more years, hopefully at Manchester United.

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