Louis van Gaal 'sets one thing straight' over Jurrien Timber to Manchester United

Louis van Gaal has spoken out to ‘set the record straight’ over Jurrien Timber’s move to Manchester United falling through.

Back in May and June, Timber was strongly linked with a transfer from Ajax to Manchester United, with The Guardian reporting talks were held over a £43 million switch.

Amid the UEFA Nations League games being played in June, The Mirror reported that Jurrien Timber is hesitant over a move to Manchester United due to fears over his World Cup chances.

The Athletic quoted Van Gaal warning Timber, via a press conference, commenting: “If he has to make this big step now, that’s the question. It is not so wise I think (to move to United). He has to play.”

Timber then backed off a move, deciding to stay put at Ajax, eventually signing a new contract extension, while United moved to sign teammate Lisandro Martinez instead.

The Dutch defender spoke out at the start of this month to deny Van Gaal instructed him not to move to Old Trafford.

He told Dutch outlet AD: “Many things that are written in the media are false. Like when people say that it was Louis van Gaal who told me not to go to Manchester United. He actually said I would make minutes there.”

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Louis van Gaal ‘sets one thing straight’

Now with the Dutch squad back together for UEFA Nations League games against Poland and Belgium, Van Gaal has spoken out on the matter.

He has confirmed he did hold talks with Timber, but left the decision firmly with the player to make up his own mind.

Van Gaal was quoted by FCUpdate: “I want to set one thing straight: I have indeed called players, but I have always ended the conversation with: this is advice. You have to stay close to yourself and make the choice yourself.”

One way or another, Timber chose not to join United this year, and it has probably worked out well for the Red Devils.

A move for Lisandro Martinez was made instead, and the Argentine could simply be a better option. He was self-confident enough to make the move, and at 24, he is prepared to shrug off the cauldron of criticism which comes the way of any Manchester United signing. Timber, 21, simply wasn’t ready yet.

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