Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has revealed that he's unhappy that Daley Blind was sold to Manchester United on transfer deadline day, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Blind joined the Red Devils for £16 million, and Overmars has insisted that the club couldn't stand in the player's way when a move to the Theatre of Dreams became possible.
Overmars has also insisted that he understands the frustration of the Ajax supporters, as he told Ajax Life: "I understand the supporters' feelings.
"We weren't happy either when Daley left just before the transfer deadline. We hadn't expected that.
"But obviously something happened at Manchester as well, so they came up with an offer, unlike two weeks earlier."
"Could we have stopped the transfer? You could be stubborn and say that no one else is allowed to leave during the last week of the transfer window," he added.
The former Arsenal player has also recalled the time when Blind was booed by fans for inconsistent performances, and has even suggested that the now Dutch international was on the verge of joining Premier League outfit Aston Villa a couple of years ago.
"One and a half years ago Daley was still jeered and we were also hesitating over whether we should perhaps sell him to Aston Villa for a nice sum or look during the summer break at how he would develop, knowing that his contract which expire.
"When you see what he has gone through and what he has overcome, then you can't deny him this opportunity.
"Then you become the big losers if you stop the transfer."
United in need
Manchester United fans, then, will be hoping that Blind plays a key role for the club this season. It remains to be seen as to where Louis van Gaal will utilise the versatile Dutchman, with the Red Devils certainly in need of improvement in the middle of the park.
It's expected that Blind - who can also play in defence - will make his debut for the club tomorrow, as they play host to Premier League new-boys QPR.