Manchester United fans up in arms after Van Gaal reportedly convinces Timber to snub Red Devils
One vengeful, cantankerous ghost, in particular, seemingly has it in for them, despite having left the club nearly six years ago now – Louis van Gaal.
Having previously warned Ten Hag against taking the United job, to no avail, Van Gaal has now reportedly moved to scupper the Red Devils’ hopes of signing Dutch defender Jurrien Timber from Ajax Amsterdam.
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Timber, who was crowned Ajax’s Young Player of the Year last season, was believed to have had already agreed personal terms with United.
However, the 20-year-old soon got cold feet over the move, not because he happened to glimpse at Harry Maguire hoofing balls out into touch during training, but because Van Gaal – who is currently in charge of the Netherlands national team – had questioned the wisdom of signing for United.
Van Gaal had said: “I think a player with his (Timber) qualities can play in the Premier League. That's not a problem. But if he has to make this step now...that's another question. It is not so wise I think [to join United]. He has to play.”
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And that was apparently enough to spook Timber, with Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan revealing that the defender was worried of missing out on being included in his country’s World Cup squad.
“The player was ready, I think, to come,” Van der Kraan said. “His agents went over to London to Manchester United’s offices two weeks ago and I think they had very good talks. Money was never a problem.
“But then one man turned up: Louis van Gaal. [He] told the player in the Dutch camp, ‘Look, if you go there, I think your chances could be limited of playing for Holland in the World Cup, three months after the season starts.’
“For Jurrien Timber, a great Ajax-style player, a Ten Hag-style player, that was a bit of a blow.”
The news of Timber’s apparent rejection has come as a blow to United fans, especially given that the club has yet to make a single signing so far this summer, while the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all spending money like it’s a 7.7 sale on Shopee/Lazada/EZbuy.
And they have since turned their ire, not on the United executives in charge of transfers, but on Van Gaal.