Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal may have cost Manchester United another signing this summer as he reportedly warned Jurrien Timber that he would not go to the World Cup this November if he was not playing regular football.
Timber has emerged as a major transfer target at Old Trafford this summer, with new boss Erik ten Hag reportedly keen to take his star defender with him from Ajax, and a deal, at one point, seemed to be well underway.
However, reports over the last week have instead suggested that Timber is minded to remain in Amsterdam this summer instead of heading to Manchester, signalling a major change of heart.
And, according to Sky Sports, this is because former Manchester United boss and now Dutch national team manager Louis van Gaal offered the 21-year-old some words of wisdom.
Unfortunately for the Red Devils, those words came in the form of a warning to the youngster that he would not be considered for the Dutch national team in November if he is not playing every week, something that a move to Manchester would certainly jeopardise.
Frenkie de Jong still coming?
It is not the first time this summer that van Gaal has hampered Manchester United's transfer plans, with comments surrounding Frenkie de Jong having not gone down well with the Red Devils hierarchy.
Speaking to the media on the back of his side’s Nations League meeting with Wales at the beginning of June, Netherlands boss van Gaal unveiled his own valuation of de Jong’s talents:
“I already knew how important Frenkie is. I don’t need to see that any more,” the Dutch tactician began.
“Frenkie brings extra quality, that’s why he is worth €112 million.”
While it may end up not having an effect on any final deal between Barcelona and Manchester United, this could certainly be classed as an unhelpful comment for his former side.