Ajax star Davy Klaassen has taken aim at Manchester United as the Red Devils pursue current manager Erik ten Hag.
The 52-year-old Dutchman is one of the names announced to take charge of Old Trafford and replace caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick.
Sources have claimed United chiefs met Ten Hag last month to interview him about the role.
They are expected to pay Ajax £1.7million in order to release him from his current deal.
But former Everton midfielder Klaassen wants to see Ten Hag fend off United’s advances and stay in Amsterdam.
“He’s been doing well with us for years and Manchester United have been doing badly for years,” the former Everton player told Voetball Primeur.
Responding to suggestions that Ten Hag could leave, Klaassen added: “He can also stay. I hope so.”
Klaassen’s comments follow those of Ajax striker Sebastien Haller, who remains optimistic he will stay in the Netherlands.
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The former West Ham striker, who previously worked under Ten Hag in Utrecht, warned United last week of trying to sign his boss but said he would not seek to influence a decision.
Haller, 27, also suggested he would be intrigued to see how his current manager might fare if he accepts the Old Trafford job, but says he may need to adjust his approach in England.
He said: “Every dressing room is different and every team is different. Then you have to act differently, depending on the selection you have. We’ll see how he does.
“I know how good Ten Hag is tactically. He always has a good view of the opponents. With this, he gives us the key to winning a match.
“We all understand if he did, but I think it’s up to the coach to choose what he wants. We are just his players.
“I’m just grateful for what he did for me and hope he makes the best decision for himself.”
Ajax won their game at the weekend beating FC Groningen 3-1 away, while second-placed PSV Eindhoven dropped points to draw 3-3 with FC Twente.
The gap at the top of the Eredivisie is now five points as Ten Hag closes in on a third domestic title.
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