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‘Still bitter’ – Manchester United fans slam Van Gaal as Timber pursuit suffers major setback

A section of Manchester United fans have turned their frustration on Louis van Gaal for allegedly interfering with the club’s hopes of signing Ajax defender Jurrien Timber this summer.

The 21-year-old is extremely versatile and is already renowned as one of Europe’s most promising defenders after earning a place in Van Gaal’s Netherlands side.

Following an impressive 2021/22 campaign under United manager Erik ten Hag, Timber not only collected another Eredivisie winners’ medal, but he also won the club’s Young Player of the Year award.

Timber is one of the Ajax players Ten Hag wants to bring to Old Trafford, but he looks set to stay in Amsterdam ahead of the World Cup later this year.

Lisandro Martinez is another and he could be a back-up option to his defensive partner in the transfer window, if United are willing to rival Arsenal for the Argentine’s signature.

Read more: Erik ten Hag stunned by Jurrien Timber decision

Netherlands boss Van Gaal recently questioned whether the centre-back is ready for a move to the Premier League, saying: “I think a player with his qualities can play in the Premier League. That’s not a problem. But if he has to make this step now… that’s another question. It is not so wise I think [to join United]. He has to play.”

Since then, respected Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan says Van Gaal has had an influence on potentially denying United the chance to sign the talented defender. He understands that Timber had already been convinced to make the move to Manchester.

“Absolutely dead in the water, the player was ready to move and his agent went to London offices two weeks ago, money was never a problem,” Van der Kraan told Sky Sports News.

“Then Louis van Gaal turned up.”

United fans have reacted to this news on social media and it would be safe to say they aren’t happy with former manager Van Gaal.

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