May 20, 2024

Louis van Gaal advices Erik ten Hag to avoid Man United ‘Calls Man Utd a commercial club, not a football club’

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Louis van Gaal has adviced Erik ten Hag to avoid Man United ‘Calling Man Utd a commercial club, not a football club’

Van Gaal has urged prospective Manchester United managerial candidate Erik Ten Hag to “choose a football club not a commercial club”.

Van Gaal, who won the FA Cup during his spell in charge at Old Trafford between 2014 and 2016, suggested the current Ajax boss should consider his options carefully after becoming one of the leading candidates for United job.

“Erik Ten Hag is a great coach and that is always good for Manchester United,” he told a press conference ahead of Holland’s friendly against Germany.

“But Manchester United are a commercial club, so it’s a difficult choice for a coach. He’d better go to a football club.

“I’m not going to advise him, he’ll call me himself. But he must choose a football club and not a commercial club.”

United want to appoint his permanent successor before the summer and plan to speak to a number of candidates, with Ten Hag understood to have met with the Premier League club.

Former Tottenham and current Paris St Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino, Spain boss Luis Enrique and Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui have also been linked with the vacant post.

Van Gaal made similar comments during an interview with BBC Sport in 2019, where he pointed the finger of blame for the club’s decline in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era at former executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

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