The end of the season is fast approaching and Erik ten Hag, the current Ajax manager, is set to take over as the club’s permanent boss following the exit of interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
Ten Hag is currently chasing a third consecutive Eredivisie title with his Ajax side but will be keeping a keen eye on United’s results, even if it’s a sight for sore eyes at the minute.
Jurrien Timber is one of Ajax’s outstanding players and is in the running to end the campaign as the Amsterdam club’s Player of the Year. Subsequently, he has been linked with a move to United – was expected when it became clear that Ten Hag was going to make the switch.
The 20-year-old has been quizzed on Ten Hag’s future as well as his own, and he made it clear that continuing to learn at Ajax is the way forward for him.
“I’m good at Ajax. I can still learn a lot, especially if we continue to play in the Champions League,” he is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
When pressed on Ten Hag’s move to United, Timber made sure to show his gratitude to the 52-year-old: “He deserves it. Ten Hag has been very important to me personally. Under him I became the footballer, the man I am today. The coach talked to me a lot. He’s been very critical, in a good, constructive way. I won’t forget it any time soon.”
We won’t quite know exactly which players Ten Hag will be looking to bring to the club until later but it’s common for managers to sign players from their previous clubs.
Timber is, however, only 20 years old and has very little experience so perhaps another year with Ajax would do his development the world of good.