Andy Cole urges Manchester United to avoid signing yet another former Erik ten Hag player
Posted by  badge Boss on Jan 24
Matthijs de Ligt has only made 10 Bundesliga appearances this season for Bayern Munich (Photo: Getty)

Andy Cole has warned Manchester United against signing Bayern Munich’s Matthijs de Ligt – someone who previously played under Erik ten Hag.

De Ligt is one of a number of centre-backs linked with United and having struggled for minutes this season.

Having been one of his star players at during their run to the semi-finals, Ten Hag had hoped to sign the defender when he first moved to Old Trafford in 2022, but he chose to join Bayern instead.

Prior to that, the 24-year-old had a decent but unspectacular spell at Juventus, leaving some unconvinced if he would perform well at United.

Furthermore, there is concern that he could be the latest in a line of players who have struggled at United having previously played for Ten Hag or that he’s encountered in the Eredivisie, including Andre Onana, Antony and Sofyan Amrabat.

Asked if he was worried about the Red Devils’ links to De Ligt, United icon Cole told : ‘Yes it would because if he’s had tough times at both and , then how can you suggest that he will be a success at ?

‘Matthijs is another player that’s played for and the majority of signings that Erik’s made during his time at the club have been players that he’s managed previously. The Premier League is a totally different league and the ocean is very, very big when it comes to players.

Erik ten Hag has signed several of his former Ajax players for Man Utd – with mixed results (Photo: Getty)

‘How many other managers in the have the same approach to transfers? Especially at the top, top level.

‘This is probably why there’s speculation suggesting that are going to restrict his influence over transfers. I think it’s a good thing to be fair because Manchester United can now cast their net wider.’

Another cente-back linked with Old Trafford is , but Everton would want around £100m for the 21-year-old.

Jarrad Branthwaite has impressed for Everton this season (Photo: Getty)

Cole isn’t totally convinced by Branthwaite either though, adding: ‘He’s done really well for this season. When you’re performing for a struggling side and people are talking about your performances in a positive light, then you must be playing very well.

‘However, the question is, is he better than ? Harry Maguire since he’s come back into Manchester United’s team this season has played like the Harry Maguire we saw at .

‘Take away Jarrad’s age, is he better than Harry Maguire? Will he improve Manchester United? These are the questions that you need to ask yourself as a prospective buyer.

‘Manchester United need to buy players that improve their side because if they continue to buy players of a similar standard to what they’ve already got, then they’re not going to move forward.’


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