Dutch pundit blasts Van Gaal, says De Jong and Timber would be perfect for Manchester United
Jurrien Timber’s proposed move to Manchester United is off, with The Guardian reporting he is set to stay put at Ajax this summer.
Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal is said to have influenced the decision, after warning Timber he could lose his international place if he is not a starter at Old Trafford.
We pointed out Van Gaal’s hypocrisy yesterday, selecting Nathan Ake in his squads, along with Timber’s lack of self-belief.
And the former United boss’ interference has had some backlash in his homeland too.
Dutch pundit blasts Van Gaal
Former Dutch international and ex Ajax player Marciano Vink has criticised Van Gaal, and said that he believes Jurrien Timber, and Frenkie de Jong, would be perfect for Manchester United.
Quoted by FC Update, he referred to Van Gaal selecting Tottenham’s forgotten man Steven Bergwijn as a regular in his squad.
Vink said: “That’s a bit contradictory. Who tells me that if Timber goes to Manchester United he won’t play? And if he doesn’t play, he won’t deliver to the Dutch national team?
“He is a key player for Manchester United and the game they want to play, football from the back and can put high pressure on, a key player. Together with Frenkie de Jong.”
Asked if Inter Milan’s Stefan de Vrij would be a good alternative for Erik ten Hag to target, he disagreed.
“Not that De Vrij is a bad player, but a completely different type. So I can understand the frustration. And I find it difficult when a national coach interferes with that.”
Timber may have missed his chance for a United move this summer, with the Red Devils now reportedly considering a move for his Ajax teammate.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf report Ajax are expecting an offer from Manchester United for Argentine international Lisandro Martinez.
But if Timber’s style of play is really as ‘key’ for Erik ten Hag’s football as Vink suggests, then Manchester United may be tempted to wait until January for the 20-year-old and try to sign him after the World Cup.