Manchester United transfer target Jurrien Timber wins Ajax award and Ten Hag hails 'no brainer' decision

Jurrien Timber enjoyed a double celebration after he won an award along with Ajax clinching the Eredivisie title.

Timber, 20, has been a key player through Ajax’s campaign, making 39 appearances in all competitions.

While Lisandro Lopez won Ajax’s player of the year, Timber clinched the ‘talent of the year’ award and was presented with the gong on the pitch, by manager Erik ten Hag.

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Timber wins Ajax award

Ten Hag spoke after the game and described Timber’s selection for the Marco Van Basten Award as a ‘no brainer’, per Voetball International.

The Ajax boss decided on the award along with his coaching staff, with Timber succeeding Ryan Gravenberch, who won the honour in the 2020/21 season.

The Mirror has reported Manchester United’s interest in the defender, although a recent report from Sky Germany claims Bayern Munich are also keen.

Timber can play at centre-back and right-back, and is already a full Dutch international, expected to go to the World Cup later this year.

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Commitment to youth

Erik ten Hag’s commitment to youth is a trait he is in lockstep on with Manchester United. He spoke about this after Ajax’s title win.

Speaking to ESPN, Ten Hag said: “I’ve said before that we have more than 11 starters. And we have seen that young players are breaking through again.

“The foundation of Ajax is good. We have also created a culture of winning. We have been hard to beat in the past few weeks.”

Manchester United proved their foundations are healthy, with the under-18s clinching the FA Youth Cup, and young talents Dylan Levitt and Amad both on target for their loan sides last night too.

Ten Hag has plenty of ingredients at United, which he will look to add to with his own signings, and Timber potentiall among them.

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