Manchester United news: Louis Van Gaal says linked Ajax youngster 'ready' for potential move

Former boss says Manchester United should not hesitate to sign lightly rated Ajax defender.

Former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal has tipped Ajax defender Jurrien Timber to succeed at Old Trafford should they secure his signature.

The 20 year old is currently with the Netherlands squad in Cardiff, and he is expected to partner Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk at the heart of their defence on Wednesday.

Timber is one of a host of exciting young players who are tipped to follow Ten Hag to Old Trafford.

Van Gaal believes that could be a very good move for both Timber and Man Utd, but only if he is seen as a player for the present and not just the future.

"I think a player of his quality can play in the Premier League," Van Gaal said of Timber. "That is not a problem.

"If he has to make this big step now, that's the question.

"[If he does not play] then he is not so wise, I think. He has to play."

Plenty of eyes will be on Manchester United and Erik Ten Hag next season to see if the Dutchman can be the man to finally lead the red Devils out of their slumber.

Erik Ten Hag, Manchester United

Van Gaal himself failed there, but he believes a key change since his time at the club an make all the difference.

"There is now a new leadership," Van Gaal said.

"It was Ed Woodward and now it is Richard Arnold and that can make the difference. So we have to wait and see.

"He (Ten Hag) has a lot of confidence. So who am I to say something about that?"

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