Louis van Gaal makes interesting remark about Jurrien Timber’s potential move to Man Utd
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Louis van Gaal has made some interesting comments regarding Jurrien Timber’s potential move to Manchester United.
The latter has been linked with a move to Old Trafford after his former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag joined the Red Devils in April.
Timber, who came through the youth ranks of the Dutch club, was a regular starter under Ten Hag last season, making 43 appearances in all competitions.
However, despite reported interest from United, Van Gaal has warned Timber about a move to the club this summer, implying he won’t get sufficient gametime at Old Trafford.
“I think a player with his qualities can play in the Premier League,” Van Gaal told reporters.
“That’s not a problem. But if he has to make this step now… that’s another question. It is not so wise I think [to join United]. He has to play.”
Timber’s impressive form for Ajax under Ten Hag has led to the centre-back earning seven caps for the Netherlands national team.
The 20-year-old has also tasted silverware with the Eredivisie side, winning back-to-back league titles and the Dutch Cup last year.
Van Gaal’s comments could indicate a change in Timber’s future with his national team if the defender opts to move to the Red Devils.
The latter would face significant competition for a starting spot at United and this could potentially affect his spot in Van Gaal’s World Cup squad.
Ten Hag has a huge future ahead of him at Old Trafford with the club’s defence a key area for concern last season. The Red Devils finished the campaign in sixth-place with 58 points - their lowest in a Premier League season.
The summer transfer window opens tomorrow (10 June) with United expected to be activte in the market after six first-team players have been confirmed to be leaving the club.