Jurriën Timber denies claims that Louis van Gaal thwarted his Manchester United move

Jurriën Timber denies claims that Louis van Gaal thwarted his Manchester United move

Ajax defender Jurriën Timber has rubbished claims that Louis van Gaal stopped him from joining Manchester United this summer.

It was common on social media that the former Man United boss told Timber that he wouldn’t make his Netherlands’ squad for the upcoming World Cup if he decided to dump Ajax for Manchester United.

The Red Devils were keen on signing a centre-back this summer following the appointment of Erik ten Hag as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent replacement and Timber was among the centre-backs that was linked with a move to Old Trafford.

However, following Van Gaal’s reported intervention, United turned their attention to his Ajax team-mate, Lisandro Martinez, and successfully signed the Argentine.

Jurriën Timber Manchester United Louis van Gaal Ajax

Several reports claimed that the former United boss believed the youngster wouldn’t make more appearances in a Red shirt, hence failing to make the Netherlands World Cup squad.

But the Netherlands international has now rubbished those claims, insisting that the Dutch manager told him that he would make more appearances at Old Trafford.

Speaking to AD.NL, he said: “Many things that are written in the media are false. Like when people say that it was Louis van Gaal who told me not to go to Manchester United. He actually said I would make minutes there.”