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Man Utd told Jurrien Timber is two star signings rolled into one and can transform Ten Hag team

Jurrien Timber, Louis van Gaal Netherlands June 2022

Jurrien Timber is like a “great midfielder” playing at the back according to Rafael van der Vaart, as Manchester United chase the centre-back.

New United boss Erik ten Hag is looking to bolster his defence as it remains unclear what he will do with the options he has inherited. Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane are the senior pairing.

However, the futures of Axel Tuanzebe, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are all uncertain. Ten Hag is therefore looking to his former club Ajax for transfer inspiration.

He wants former Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong at Old Trafford and failed with an approach for Ryan Gravenberch. And Dutch centre-back Timber is another firm target for the Man Utd boss.

According to former Premier League and Netherlands star Van der Vaart, Timber would be a great signing for the Red Devils.

“Timber is so quick, light feet, always sharp, never panicking on the ball,” the ex-Tottenham star told the Daily Mirror.

“[He is] almost like a great midfielder in defence.”

Ten Hag promoted Timber to the Ajax first team and the 20-year-old has subsequently become a star in the team.

Reports have claimed, though, that he is unsure on the move to Old Trafford because of game time fears. Club captain Maguire is looking to prove himself again next season alongside four-time Champions League winner Varane.

One or more of Ten Hag’s other options may yet stay, causing concern for Timber over his potential role.

The eight-cap Netherlands star has made 74 appearances for Ajax so far and made his senior international debut last summer.

He only has two years left on his contract, so a decision on his future is due soon regardless of any interest in him.

Timber could fare well at Man Utd

Jurrien Timber, Ajax and Netherlands June 2022

The fact that Ten Hag knows Timber and his best traits would serve him well if he made the move to United.

At 20 years of age, there is room for improvement and he has the perfect chance to improve in the Premier League.

Ruud Gullit warns Jurrien Timber about Manchester United

Ruud Gullit warns Jurrien Timber about Manchester United

Ruud Gullit has warned Manchester United target Jurrien Timber about leaving Ajax for United this summer

However, he is only at the start of his career and so may take some time to adjust to the English top flight.

The move for Timber would therefore be a risk, but a risk worth taking if Ten Hag trusts the centre-back’s ability.