Erik ten Hag’s impressive defensive record with Ajax has caught the eye but for now he remains in the frame alongside Mauricio Pochettino, Luis Enrique and Julen Lopetegui.
Erik ten Hag has labeled Donny van de Beek’s ostracism at Manchester United as a ‘deadly sin’ – suggesting the Dutchman could have a role under him if he replaces Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have reportedly made the decision to move Ajax boss Ten Hag ahead of Mauricio Pochettino on the manager’s wishlist, making him favorite for the United job next season.
His impressive defensive record in the Netherlands has caught the eye, but for now he remains in the frame alongside current Paris Saint-Germain boss Luis Enrique and Julen Lopetegui.
Man United signed Van de Beek from Ajax in 2020, parting ways with £35m in the process.
But Van de Beek has found playing time incredibly difficult to come by under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and now Rangnick, with reports he is looking to leave this January for opportunities elsewhere.
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It’s unclear if United are ready to cut all ties with the Dutchman at this stage.
And Van de Beek might have doubts now that his compatriot Ten Hag could replace Rangnick at the end of the season.
Ten Hag is clearly a fan of the midfield and believes he deserves a chance to show Manchester what he can do.
Ten Hag, speaking last month, told de Volkskrant: “Donny, I find it difficult. [It’s a] mortal sin.
“If you haven’t had the chance yet, the development will also stagnate. Every now and then you encourage them.”
Although Van de Beek struggled for time at Manchester United, he would have proven himself as a model professional on the training ground.
Rio Ferdinand recently addressed this topic while discussing Van de Beek and the situation at United on his YouTube channel Presents FIVE: “There are types of players in these situations.
“A player like Donny van de Beek, who is doing very well from what I hear from people inside, who just doesn’t get playing time. You’re happy that these guys find time to play.”
Rangnick confirmed Ferdinand’s comments were accurate in the press, adding: “He always performs at a high level in training.
“With the World Cup coming up this winter, he wants to play for his country. I can understand his wish and his desire to play. On the other hand, we have a lot of competition in our team in exactly those positions.”