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Van Gaal tells Erik ten Hag to reject Man United's interest

Louis van Gaal has told compatriot Erik ten Hag to reject interest from Manchester United as they are a "commercial club" rather than a "football club".

Ajax manager Ten Hag was interviewed by United officials over the club's managerial vacancy last week but they are yet to make a decision over who will replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick in the summer.

Ten Hag is a leading contender to take up the role at Old Trafford with Mauricio Pochettino, Luis Enrique and Julen Lopetegui also on the club's shortlist.

However, Van Gaal has told his fellow countryman not to follow in his footsteps by managing Manchester United.

Van Gaal said on Monday: “Erik ten Hag is a great coach, and that is always good for Manchester United. But Manchester United are a commercial club, so it’s a difficult choice for a coach. He’d better go to a football club.

“I’m not going to advise him, he’ll call me himself. But he must choose a football club and not a commercial club.”

Netherlands boss Van Gaal, 70, managed Manchester United during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns. He won the FA Cup in his last game in charge but was sacked as Manchester United failed to finish inside the top four during his second season at the club.

Ten Hag's Ajax is two points clear of second-placed PSV with seven games left to play. The 52-year-old's deal at the Johan Cruyff Arena is due to expire in June 2023.

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