Ed Woodward’s departure could be the difference for Erik Ten Hag, claims Louis Van Gaal

Dutch coach and former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal has claimed Ed Woodward’s departure from the English club could benefit Erik ten Hag in his mission to succeed at Old Trafford. Van Gaal had suggested earlier this year that Ten Hag should reject the move to United.

Manchester United are ready to navigate the right path for a fresh start ahead of the 2022-23 campaign following the appointment of Erik Ten Hag. The English side went through a thorough and thorough hiring process before making the final decision to sign the former Ajax coach. The Manchester club endured a terrible campaign last season as they fell well short of expectations and finished in a Europa League place.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Michael Carrick and Ralf Rangnick took charge of the club at various points in the season but couldn’t stop their collapse. Ten Hag has previously taken charge of the Manchester club as he seeks to initiate a major systematic and tactical overhaul of the club in order to return the Premier League side to the top of the English football pyramid. United had made serious changes behind the scenes with long-term chief executive Edward Woodward relieved of his duties and Richard Arnold succeeding him.

Former United manager Louis Van Gaal, who had asked Ten Hag to reject overtures from the club if they called, claimed the United manager could be successful due to Woodward’s departure.

“There is now a new direction. It was Woodward and now it’s Richard Arnold and that can make a difference. So we have to wait and see. He (Ten Hag) has a lot of confidence. So who am I to say anything about it? Van Gaal told Sky Sports.

Van Gaal also commented on Dutch international Jurrien Timber’s transfer links to United.

“I think a player of his quality can play in the Premier League. If he has to take that big step now, that’s the question. (If he doesn’t play) then he’s not so wise, I think. He has to play,” he added.

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