Erik ten Hag may solely chuckle and provide a rye smile after being pleaded to not take Jurrien Timber to Manchester United.
The 52-year-old will take cost of the Reds on July 1 as Ralf Rangnick vacates his function as interim head coach to undertake a consultancy function at Old Trafford alongside the Austrian supervisor’s job. Following United’s dismal Premier League marketing campaign, a squad overhaul is on the horizon as Ten Hag and the German have already had dialogue forward of the Dutchman’s arrival.
As he departs reigning Eredivisie champions Ajax, a lot of their star gamers are fiercely linked with a transfer to United. One of which is the 20-year-old defender.
The 20-time English champions are eager to make a defensive addition within the upcoming switch window after their woes on the again have been exploited all through the 2021-22 marketing campaign, with the performances of captain Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw coming below the microscope.
And with the Dutch defender closely linked with a reunion on the Reds, Ten Hag’s response throughout his ultimate Ajax interview will solely gas the hypothesis. As the previous Bayern Munich II head coach relieved his profitable marketing campaign in Holland, he sang the praises of the Utrecht-born defender.
He stated : “At the bottom, there’s a photo of Jurrien Timber, he’s another great leader that was trained at Ajax. Besides his football skills, he has the personality to become a captain,” earlier than the interviewer pleaded: “Please don’t take him with you,” to which Ten Hag laughed.