Manchester United managerial target Erik Ten Hag has sounded out one of the club’s former stars over a potential coaching role at Old Trafford.
The Ajax boss was interviewed last week by the United hierarchy with the view to appointing the Dutchman in the summer.
Ten Hag has been one of the favourites for the role ever since club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was relieved of his duties at the end of last year.
Former Tottenham boss and current Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has also been heavily linked with the job but it would appear that Ten Hag is the club’s first choice.
The Mirror are now reporting that Ten Hag has already begin thinking about his coaching setup if he is appointed by United in the summer and is looking at a fellow countryman to help him.
Robin van Persie, who played for United between 2012 and 2015, has been sounded out by Ten Hag over a possible role at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman knows the club well, having helped them to their last Premier League title in 2013, scoring 26 goals that season.
The ex-forward is currently undertaking his coaching badges at Feyenoord and working with their youth teams as he looks to begin his own coaching career.
Ten Hag is reportedly keen on having someone in his setup who knows the club and van Persie is a potential option.
Meanwhile, United’s next manager could be appointed sooner rather than later according to Gary Neville, after their dismal 1-1 draw at home to Leicester on Saturday evening.
“Look, because the interview process started, publicly, sort of seven to 10 days ago, I said you’ve got to conclude it quite quickly or else it becomes a bit of a mess,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“There were reports earlier in the week that Ten Hag was awaiting details as to whether he was going to be offered a contract or not.
“I suspect after that performance today what we’ll see a PR spike whereby the manager might be named. I don’t know but, for me, it wouldn’t surprise me.
“You know, I’ve spoken in the last couple of weeks about a new manager coming in and everything thinking, ‘It’s all okay, we’ll go again.’
“But we’ve been here for 10 years and it’s tough. That was a really tough watch, that today. I’m not angry, I don’t think any Manchester United fans left this ground angry tonight because we’ve gone probably past anger, we’re just flat. We’re bored and there was nothing there today.”
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