Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal urged Erik ten Hag against moving to Old Trafford, and the club’s authorities are furious.
ten Hag is one of the frontrunners to succeed Ralf Rangnick this summer, with Mauricio Pochettino of Paris Saint-Germain also being considered. Fabrizio Romano recently disclosed that ten Hag had met with United executives to discuss a possible merger.
The Ajax coach discussed his budget and possible acquisitions, as well as his plan to return Manchester United to the top of English football.
Romano did admit, though, that ten Hag is garnering interest from European rivals. If the Red Devils want to get the Dutchman in, they will have to move quickly.
Regardless of who the next manager is, he or she will have to repair a shattered dressing room. On the field, they will have lofty goals, such as winning the Premier League for the first time since 2012-13.
ten Hag might be the guy who returns United to their rightful place. However, former United manager Van Gaal believes the 52-year-old should search for a new role somewhere.
“Erik ten Hag is a terrific coach, and that is always helpful for Manchester United,” van Gaal remarked during a news conference (via Sky Sports).
“However, because Manchester United is a commercial club, selecting a coach is tough.” He should join a football club.
“I’m not going to give him any advice; he’ll call me.” However, he must select a football team rather than a commercial club.”
Since taking over as head coach of Ajax in December 2017, ten Hag has had a lot of success. He has won two Eredivisie championships, two Dutch cups, and one Dutch Super Cup with the Amsterdam club.
The former defender was also instrumental in the development of players like Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, and Hakim Ziyech.
Should United midfielder Donny van de Beek, 24, stay at Old Trafford next season, ten Hag may be able to bring the best out of him.
From 2017 till van de Beek’s transfer to Manchester United in September 2020, the two worked together.