Louis van Gaal makes interesting remark about Jurrien Timber’s potential move to Man Utd

The former Manchester United manager had some interesting comments about Jurriend Timbers potential move to the club.
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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.

Timber was a regular starter under Ten Hag last season. Credit: Getty. Timber was a regular starter under Ten Hag last season. Credit: Getty.
Timber was a regular starter under Ten Hag last season. Credit: Getty.

“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.

Jurrien Timber celebrating Ajax’s Eredivisie title win.Jurrien Timber celebrating Ajax’s Eredivisie title win.
Jurrien Timber celebrating Ajax’s Eredivisie title win.

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.