Dutch journalist explains how Ten Hag will react to Van Gaal's Manchester United warning
Louis van Gaal threw a grenade into Manchester United’s plans to hire Erik ten Hag this week when he very publicly advised him not to take the job.
Speaking at the Netherlands press conference, Van Gaal said: “He must choose a football club and not a commercial club.”
It is hard to be mad at Van Gaal because his comments are not untrue. Under Ed Woodward’s leadership, supporting the Glazers, United have not focused enough on building a winning team, and this has proven itself out on the pitch.
United are looking towards a new era now, and Ten Hag has the potential to try and be a solution to the club’s ails.
The jury is still out on Richard Arnold as Woodward’s successor, and the Glazers remain, but he has been advised by former CEO Peter Kenyon to delegate responsibility to football experts, via BBC Sport.
So how will Ten Hag react to Van Gaal’s comments, will they be off-putting and cause United a problem? The view from the Netherlands is probably not.
Speaking to AD.nl, Dutch journalist Mikos Gouka believes Ten Hag will go to Old Trafford if United offer him the role.
Asked about Van Gaal’s comments with the question, ‘Would Ten Hag be in doubt now, do you think?’, Gouka responded: “I think that if United want him, Ten Hag will go. It’s the Premier League. It’s United.”
The response shows how the prestige of the United role is viewed, despite the obvious concerns of the risky and difficult nature of the job.
Van Gaal speaks from experience and has reason to feel frustrated with his time at United, although he was far from blameless himself, with his choice to cancel a proposed deal for Toni Kroos [MEN] arguably more damaging than missing out on any of the other players he wanted to buy, or the second-rate replacements he had to settle for.
Ten Hag reportedly underwent an interview with United last week, The Times reported, but as many have quipped, he should have been interviewing the United board, and not the other way around.
United are putting in a new structure behind the scenes, in which interim boss Ralf Rangnick is due to play a part as a consultant. This may appeal to the Dutchman, who is the fan favourite for the role.
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