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08th Jun 2022

Louis van Gaal tells Jurrien Timber it ‘is not so wise’ to consider Manchester United move

Daniel Brown

van Gaal Timber Man Utd

‘It is not so wise I think. He has to play’

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has told Ajax centre back Jurrien Timber that a summer switch to Manchester United ‘is not so wise’ in a World Cup year.

The former Red Devils boss – who left Old Trafford in 2016 – has been incredibly outspoken against his ex-club in recent months, and has now suggested that a move to United would not be beneficial for 20-year-old Timber.

Timber is a regular starter for Ajax, and Van Gaal clearly believes that playing frequently is vital to being selected for Holland in a World Cup year.

Van Gaal’s side have a number of options at centre-back, with Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Nathan Ake and Stefan de Vrij all likely to be selected for the Netherlands’ squad for Qatar later this year.

“I think a player of his quality can play in the Premier League. That is not a problem,” Van Gaal said.

“If he has to make this big step now, that’s the question.

“It is not so wise I think [to move to United]. He has to play.”

Ten Hag keen to improve United’s defence

New United manager Erik ten Hag, who coached Timber during their time together in Amsterdam, will be desperate to improve the Red Devils defensively. Last season, the club endured their worst Premier League season on record and conceded 57 goals as they finished sixth.

Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane have been United’s first-choice centre back pairing, with Victor Lindelof featuring when injuries occur.

It remains unclear what will happen with fringe players Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, but Ten Hag’s Old Trafford shake-up has already began with Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic already out the exit door.

van Gaal Timber Man Utd

Van Gaal previously urged Ten Hag to snub Man United

The 70-year-old previously attempted to warn Ten Hag off from taking the Red Devils job, urging his fellow Dutchman to avoid the ‘commercial club’.

Speaking in March, he said: “Erik ten Hag is a great manager and that’s good for Manchester United, but Manchester United are a commercial club.

“I’m not going to advise him but he should choose a football club, not a commercial one.'”

Netherlands travel to Cardiff to face off against Wales on Wednesday night, with Rob Page’s side having qualified for the World Cup after overcoming Ukraine last week.

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