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Louis van Gaal tells Erik ten Hag why he should avoid becoming Man Utd manager

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Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has been warned against taking the Manchester United coaching role by the club’s former manager Louis van Gaal..



Ten Hag, 52, met with United bosses last week to talk about becoming their new manager and is thought to be the leading candidate to take the job on a permanent basis this summer.

Van Gaal – now in charge of the Netherlands – has now sensationally warned his fellow Dutchman against the Old Trafford role and insisted he should join a “football club” instead.

Van Gaal spent two campaigns in the United dugout between 2014 and 2016, leading them back into the top four finish in his first season and then the FA Cup crown the following season – the club’s first piece of silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, he was dismissed by United chiefs in the aftermath of that trophy to be replaced by Jose Mourinho.

He has launched another fresh attack against the management of his former club, whom he has claimed prioritise “commercial” success ahead of results on the pitch. Van Gaal has claimed that while Ten Hag would be a great appointment by United, the move may not be one that benefits the Ajax coach’s career.

“I think Erik ten Hag is a great coach, he has shown that several times”, said van Gaal, as per Dutch outlet AD. “And a great coach is always good for Manchester United.” However, the Netherlands boss then went on to criticise how United were run by those above the management.

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“Manchester United is a commercial club and those are difficult choices for a coach. It is better to go to a football club. I’m not going to supervise his career and he will call me himself. But he should choose a football club, not a commercial club.”

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