Daley Blind talks up Jurrien Timber amid Manchester United links
Manchester United are hoping to convince Jurrien Timber to sign and be one of the key players in Erik ten Hag’s new look side. The Guardian reported last week initial talks had been opened with Ajax.
For now, Timber is on international duty with the Netherlands, and starred at the weekend in a 4-1 win over Belgium, inspired by Frenkie de Jong.
Timber played as part of a back three along with Virgil van Dijk and Nathan Ake, with Stefan de Vrij and Matthijs de Ligt rested, highlighting the Dutch strength in depth at the position.
The Ajax star was tasked with shutting down Eden Hazard, and did so well that the Belgian was substituted at half-time.
Blind talks up Jurrien Timber
Former Manchester United star Daley Blind was asked about his Ajax and Netherlands teammate after the game.
He made clear his preference was for Timber to stay, but urged his club to put Timber first, in any negotiation.
Blind told Voetball International: “I don’t need to explain how good he is. I hope he stays with Ajax.
“All I can say is that I hope Ajax will do its best for him.
“From the first moment, Jurriën is a calm boy who always wants to get better.”
Timber played more than 30 games for Ajax this past season and won their Talent of the Year award, which manager Erik ten Hag remarked as a ‘no-brainer’.
The young defender will likely be the one to make the decision on his future. If he wants to go to Manchester United, then it becomes difficult for Ajax to hang onto him.
One report last week via The Mirror claimed Timber could seek to delay a move until January, after the World Cup, amid fears over lack of game time at United costing him a place at the tournament.
But with Ten Hag at United, Timber should trust his Ajax mentor. Timber is already seeing off plenty of big names to earn regular game time for the Netherlands, and he can do the same at Old Trafford.