Reject Man Utd, Van Gaal advises Ten Hag

Van Gaal warns Ten Hag against becoming Manchester United coach

Former Manchester United coach, Louis van Gaal has advised his fellow Dutchman, Erik ten Hag from becoming the permanent successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjear.

van Gaal this week suggested Ten Hag should rule out a move to the Red Devils because they are “a commercial club”.

He said his fellow Dutchman would be better advised to join a “football club, not a commercial club” if he leaves Ajax.

However, Ten Hag told Sport 1 in Germany: “My focus is currently only on Ajax but in football, you never know, I don’t want to rule anything out. I’m currently employed here at Ajax to perform.”

Ten Hag has won two Eredivisie titles since taking over at Ajax in 2017 and took them to a Champions League semi-final in 2019.

When asked about contact with United, he said: “Everyone knows each other in the industry. There are always talks with representatives from other clubs, that’s normal.

“Manchester United is a great club with great fans. But I can only repeat myself. My full focus is completely on Ajax. We are already planning for the new season.”

Rangnick’s contract as interim manager finishes at the end of the season when he is expected to take up another role at the club.

In the same vein, Rangnick responded to van Gaal’s comment saying the club is a commercialised business he once managed few years ago.

“The English Premier League, when any rich person or company can buy a club, is a commercialised business that’s for sure. I don’t see anything negative in that.

“Louis himself, as an experienced coach, signed a contract here some five or six years ago and he could have known that in advance if he had that opinion.

“It’s a great club and if it draws the right conclusions on what’s happened in the last couple of years, I still see a very bright future for it.”