Sebastien Haller has warned Manchester United boss favourite Erik ten Hag that he may not be able to impose his style of play on the Old Trafford squad as quickly as he did at Ajax.
Ten Hag is reported by a number of outlets to be in pole position to take over from Ralf Rangnick. The 52-year-old has been interviewed for the post and is awaiting a second meeting with the United hierarchy. But Manchester United have also spoken to PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino, while the Telegraph claim there is a mystery third candidate also in the running.
Ten Hag though is understood to be well liked by John Murtough and co after overseeing an attractive style of play in Amsterdam.
The former Utrecht boss has guided Ajax to two league titles and two KNVB Cup triumphs since his arrival in 2017. He also boasts almost a 74% win ratio with the Dutch giants.
Ten Hag brought the Eredivisie title back to Ajax after a run of five seasons without it. But their passing style of play has been long engrained in the famous Dutch side, who were champions of Europe in 1994/95.
But Haller, the striker who flopped at West Ham, has warned Ten Hag that things may not be quite so easy in the Premier League.
The forward has blasted 20 goals in 24 league games for Ten Hag this season. And believes the manager’s philosophy may not be as easy to transfer at United.
Haller told CNN: “He’s clever, he knows his strengths but also his weaknesses. I think he’s trying to become better every day, so of course he’s trying to be there for the players… trying to keep everyone involved in the team.
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“But I want to say that every dressing room is different, every team is different, so you need to act a bit differently.
“It depends on the dressing room you have so maybe his quality today can be a weakness somewhere else. So let’s see how he does.”
Ten Hag has improved me ‘a lot’
Speaking about Ajax losing ten Hag after almost five years, he said: “I think we all understand. It’s the choice from the coach to choose what he wants. We are just his players.
“I am just grateful for what he did for me and I just hope that he will take the best decision for himself.
“I have nothing to say because I don’t even know everything inside Manchester United and the way they really want him. And I can just say that he needs to follow his heart, his brain, and take the right decision.”
Haller did though pay tribute to Ten Hag and just how much his game has improved under the Haaksbergen-born coach.
“A lot. He’s responsible a lot for me coming to Ajax because of course I know him. I know him well. I know what he’s able to do and how he wanted to use me as well,” said Haller, when asked how much he had improved.
“For me there was a lot of safety, let’s say, because I know how he wants to play. I know how good he is tactically and he will never let his players just do what they want. He always has a good view on the opponent so he gives us the keys to succeed during the game.”