Louis van Gaal Tells Erik ten Hag To Not Join Manchester United

Marcus Rashford walks off at half time with Louis van Gaal.

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Louis van Gaal has urged Erik ten Hag to steer clear of Manchester United.

The current Netherlands boss had an eventful two-year spell in England, where he guided the Red Devils to the FA Cup glory in 2016. However, the failure to properly instill his philosophy resulted in him being relieved of his duties immediately after the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.

Van Gaal hasn’t hid his disappointment with the club’s hierarchy ever since, and on Monday he warned his fellow countryman to not join “commercial club” United.

Ahead of Netherlands friendly against Germany, the 70-year-old said: “Erik ten Hag is a great coach, and that is always good for Manchester United. But Manchester United are a commercial club, so it’s a difficult choice for a coach. He’d better go to a football club.”

The only positive United can take from Van Gaal’s comments is how much he rates the Ajax manager, who has plenty of admirers at Old Trafford as well.

Ten Hag was interviewed for the job last week, but no final decision has been made, with United looking to talk to more candidates, including Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino.

The Premier League giants, however, will have to make up their mind quickly, as the Dutch tactician has been reportedly approached by two more clubs.