Louis van Gaal suggested that Ed Woodward’s departure from Manchester United presented Erik the Hag with an opportunity to be successful at Old Trafford.
Dutch leader Van Gaal remarkably questioned former executive vice president Ed Woodward before the League of Wales-Wales match in Cardiff.
Van Gaal, who led United from 2014 to 2016 before he was released, warned Dutch colleague Ten Haga about the danger of leaving for Old Trafford in March.
He said Ten Hag should consider rejecting the job of the local manager because the United are a “commercial club” and he would be “better to go to a football club”.
“New Leadership May Make a Difference in United”
However, Hag left Ajax last month to take the lead at United, and Van Gaal said: “Now there is a new leadership.
“It was Woodward and now it’s Richard Arnold and that can make a difference. So we have to wait and see.
“He (Ten Hag) has great confidence. So who am I to say anything about it?”
Wood to United? Van Gaal: “Must play”
The Hag is reportedly interested in a quick return to his former club to sign Jurrien Timber.
The 20-year-old Ajax defender is part of the Dutch squad in Cardiff.
Timber is expected to play Wednesday with Liverpool midfielder Virgil van Dijk, who is given time off for the club and country after a challenging season.
Van Gaal said Timber had to play first team football to get to the World Cup team later this year.
He said: “I think a player of his qualities can play in the Premier League. That’s not a problem.
“Whether he has to take this big step now is a question.
“(If he’s not playing), I don’t think he’s that smart. He has to play.”
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“Training this team is a gift for me”
Van Gaal revealed in April that he was fighting prostate cancer.
The 70-year-old later said that the “25 radiation treatments” he underwent for the disease were successful.
“There’s no time to talk about my illness,” Van Gaal said.
“But I can assure you that I can handle it, because this group is a gift to me. I have never coached such a group in my career.”
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