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Van Gaal warns compatriot Ten Hag against joining Man United

Louis van Gaal has urged Ajax boss Erik ten Hag not to join his former club Manchester United, calling the Red Devils a "commercial club".

Van Gaal warns compatriot Ten Hag against joining Man United
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Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has warned compatriot Erik ten Hag against taking the managerial reins at Old Trafford this summer.

Speaking at a media conference ahead of the Netherlands' friendly against Germany, Van Gaal said the in-demand Ajax coach "should choose a football club, not a commercial club."

Van Gaal spent two years in the Old Trafford dugout between 2014 and 2016, bringing the club their first major trophy since Alex Ferguson's retirement when he led them to the FA Cup in 2016.

Rangnick moving up

With the Red Devils' interim boss Ralf Rangnick widely expected to vacate the post to focus on a consultancy role with the club after an underwhelming season, Van Gaal has warned Ten Hag, considered one of the frontrunners for the job, against making the move to Manchester. 

Van Gaal against Old Trafford option

United have reportedly already made contact with the Ajax boss, whom Van Gaal labelled a "great coach". However, Van Gaal does not believe the move would be the best for Ten Hag's career.

"I think Ten Hag is a great coach; I said that multiple times," Van Gaal said.

"A great coach is good for Man United. But Man United is a commercial club. 

"Those are difficult choices for a coach. As a coach, you should prefer a football club.

"I won't accompany his career. If he wants that, he will call me. We have conversations with each other.

"He should choose a football club, not a commercial club."

Van Gaal was an outspoken critic of United's commercial activities during his time with the club, lamenting the physical effects of a pre-season tour during his first summer in charge in 2014.

Ten Hag's impressive record

Ten Hag has won 153 of his 207 games in charge of Ajax in all competitions, but last month's Champions League exit to Benfica was a disappointment and meant Ajax have failed to win any of their last nine home knockout games in Europe's premier club competition.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has said he expects an announcement on the club's new manager shortly, with the side facing the prospect of missing out on Champions League football after a frustrating campaign.

The Red Devils have lost two of their last three games under Rangnick in all competitions, having lost just one of their previous 20 matches.

Their recent eliminations from the Champions League and FA Cup, meanwhile, mean United are guaranteed to go five consecutive seasons without lifting a major trophy, with 2017's Europa League triumph under Jose Mourinho representing the club's last taste of silverware.