Ralf Rangnick has hit back at Louis van Gaal after the former Manchester United manager warned Erik ten Hag against joining the club.
Ten Hag is thought to be the leading contender to replace interim boss Rangnick this summer having been formally interviewed for the role last month.
Van Gaal spent two years at the helm at Old Trafford but was sacked immediately after winning the FA Cup, and was replaced by Jose Mourinho.
Speaking during the international break, the current Netherlands boss warned Ten Hag against joining United as it is a “commercial club”.
“I think Ten Hag is a great coach; I said that multiple times,” Van Gaal said at a news conference Monday.
“A great coach is good for Man United. But Man United is a commercial club. Those are difficult choices for a coach. As a coach, you should prefer a football club.”
In response, ahead of Saturday’s clash with Leicester, Rangnick “a very bright future” lies ahead for United and was bemused as to why Van Gaal didn’t have the same opinion of the club when he joined in 2014.
He said: “Louis himself as an experienced coach signed a contract here some five or six years ago and he could have known that in advance if he had that opinion.
“I think football worldwide and even more so in the English Premier League when any rich person or company can buy a club, as long as they pass the fit and proper person test, is a commercialised business, that’s for sure.
“No matter which club in which city. What I can only tell you from the last four months is that this is a club with a big tradition with a close relationship with the supporters and to the whole city, region and area.
“For me, it’s a great club and if the club draws the right conclusions on what’s happened in the last couple of years – yes, the last couple of years have not been as good as expected.
“But if they draw the right conclusions I still see a very bright future for this club.”
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