Van Gaal claims Woodward’s Man Utd departure could help Ten Hag be a success

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Van Gaal on Man Utd

Louis van Gaal has suggested that Ed Woodward’s exit from Man Utd presents Erik ten Hag with an opportunity to be a success at Old Trafford.

Netherlands boss Van Gaal has taken a swipe at Woodward ahead of his side’s Nations League game against Wales.

The Dutchman previously managed Man Utd between 2014 and 2016. He has already warned Ten Hag about taking charge at Old Trafford.

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He said Ten Hag should consider turning down the manager’s job there because Man Utd are a “commercial club” and he would be “better going to a football club”.

However, Ten Hag left Ajax to take over at Man Utd last month and Van Gaal said: “There is now a new leadership.

“It was 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?”

Ten Hag is reportedly keen on making a swift return to his former club to sign Jurrien Timber.

The 20-year-old Ajax defender is part of the Holland squad in Cardiff.

Timber is expected to play on Wednesday with Liverpool centre-back Virgil Van Dijk granted time off following a demanding season for club and country.

Van Gaal has said Timber must play first-team football to make his World Cup squad later this year.

He said: “I think a player of his quality can play in the Premier League. 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.”

Van Gaal revealed in April that he was battling prostate cancer.

The 70-year-old later said the “25 radiation treatments” he had undergone for the disease had been successful.

“This is not the moment to speak about my disease,” said Van Gaal.

“But I can assure you that I can manage because this group is a present for me. In my career I have never coached such a group.”