Manchester United officials will be seething after former manager Louis van Gaal warned Erik ten Hag against a move to Old Trafford.
ten Hag is one of the favourites to replace Ralf Rangnick this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino also under consideration. Fabrizio Romano recently confirmed ten Hag had met with United chiefs over joining.
The Ajax coach spoke about his budget and potential signings, plus his project to take Manchester United back to the summit of English football.
However, Romano also revealed ten Hag is attracting interest from rival clubs in Europe. This means the Red Devils must act fast if they want to bring the Dutchman in.
The new manager, whoever it may be, will have to mend a fractured dressing room. They will also have huge targets on the pitch – such as to win the Premier League title, which hasn’t happened since 2012-13.
ten Hag may be the man to take United back to where they feel they belong. But Netherlands boss van Gaal, who spent two years in charge of United, reckons the 52-year-old should look elsewhere for his next job.
Erik ten Hag receives stark warning
At a press conference (via Sky Sports), van Gaal said: “Erik ten Hag is a great coach and that is always good for Manchester United.
“But Manchester United are a commercial club, so it’s a difficult choice for a coach. He’d better go to a football club.
“I’m not going to advise him, he’ll call me himself. But he must choose a football club and not a commercial club.”
ten Hag has enjoyed plenty of success with Ajax since becoming their head coach in December 2017. He has helped the Amsterdam club to win two Eredivisie titles, two Dutch cups and one Dutch super cup.
The former defender also played a big role in the development of stars such as Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech.
ten Hag may be able to get the best out of United midfielder Donny van de Beek, should the 24-year-old remain at Old Trafford ahead of next season.
The pair worked together from 2017 until van de Beek’s United move in September 2020.