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Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen has taunted Manchester United by questioning why his boss Erik ten Hag would join a team that’s ‘been doing badly for years’. 

Ten Hag, who’s been at the Dutch side since 2017, is one of the frontrunners to take over from interim manager Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford at the end of the season. 

Klaassen, who faced United during his Everton days in the 2017-18 season, has taken aim at the Red Devils by wondering why his manager would swap to work with a side that’s not performing well.

Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen

Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag

Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen (left) has taunted Manchester United by questioning why his boss Erik ten Hag (right) would join a team that’s ‘been doing badly for years’

‘He has been doing well with us for years and Manchester United has been doing badly for years,’ he told Voetball Primeur.

When asked about Ten Hag’s future, he added: ‘He can also stay. I hope so.’

It appears to be between Ten Hag and former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino in a straight shootout for the United hotseat, although Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui and Spain’s Luis Enrique are also possible options.

Manchester United have performed below par this season and down in seventh in the league

Manchester United have performed below par this season and down in seventh in the league

Manchester United have performed below par this season and down in seventh in the league

Sportsmail revealed at the weekend that Ten Hag would only cost United £1.6million in compensation if they decide to make him manager this summer.

It is believed the United hierarchy have already sounded out what it would take for Ten Hag to be able to leave Ajax, with the discussions being held last week.

The Dutchman put pen to paper on a new two-year deal last summer and so it’s understood United would have to fork out £1.6m to release him.

The Dutch giants would also want compensation for any members of backroom staff should they leave with Ten Hag which would increase the overall package to £2m. 

It was reported on Tuesday that United could be reunited with Steve McClaren as their assistant manager with the ex-England boss reportedly lined up to be Ten Hag’s No 2 should he take charge.

According to the Guardian, McClaren is under consideration to be prospective manager Ten Hag’s assistant if he is appointed as their new man in the dugout for next season.

The pair know each other well with Ten Hag having been McClaren’s assistant for the 2008-09 season at Dutch outfit Twente.

Source: DailyMail Sports

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