Jurrien Timber shows quality again in Ajax win as Manchester United tipped to move

Manchester United transfer target Jurrien Timber is continuing to play a pivotal role in Ajax’s title charge.

The 20-year-old was reported by The Mirror to be on United’s list of transfer targets under new boss Erik ten Hag, and at the weekend he made his 27th Eredivisie start of the season.

Last week he filled in at full-back, earning rave reviews with De Telegraaf naming him as their ‘player of the week’.

The Netherlands international impressed again this week, returning to his preferred role as centre-back as Ajax beat PEC Zwolle 3-0.

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Timber has made 12 ball recoveries in Ajax’s win, winning three aerial duels, and even coming close to scoring, hitting the woodwork.

He won two tackles and blocked one shot, giving his all to ensure Ajax’s march towards the title continued.

Erik ten Hag’s side have three games remaining and are four points clear, needing just two wins to guarantee the Eredivisie title.

Timber tipped for United

Karan Tejwani, Ajax fan and author of ‘Glorious Reinvention: The Rebirth Of Ajax’, inspired by Ten Hag’s 2019 Champions League run, told The Athletic he could see Timber heading to Old Trafford.

He said: “The one I’d like to see, or the one I think is most likely to happen, is Jurrien Timber. He’s 20 years old and not the biggest, perhaps, in terms of physicality (for a central defender) but on the ball he’s excellent.

“Ten Hag promoted him to the first team and says he could play in midfield one day.”

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Timber’s versatility has already paid off over the last couple of weeks, featuring at both centre-back and right-back, positions where United certainly need reinforcing.

If he does have a future in midfield too, Ten Hag knows him better than anybody, and could be the best manager to help him continue to maximise his high potential.

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