Erik ten Hag ‘is keen to draft in ex-Man United striker Robin van Persie to his backroom team at Man United’ should he be given the job as he believes compatriot’s ‘knowledge about the club from his playing days will be vital’
- Erik ten Hag has sounded out Robin Van Persie to join him at Manchester United
- The 52-year-old believes his knowledge of the club would vital for the Red Devils
- Ajax manager Ten Hag continues to be linked with taking over at Old Trafford
- Van Persie netted a total of 26 goals for the club under ex-boss Sir Alex Ferguson
Erik ten Haag has earmarked fellow Dutchman Robin van Persie about returning to Manchester United as part of his backroom staff.
Ten Haag, 52, is already preparing for life at Old Trafford should United chiefs decide to appoint him as their new manager.
The Mirror claim the Ajax boss is keen on taking Van Persie with him to Manchester, with initial talks said to be ongoing.
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, 52, continues to be linked with taking over at Manchester United
Robin van Persie could join his fellow countryman at Old Trafford as part of his backroom staff
During his time with the Red Devils, Van Persie netted 26 goals at the club and won the Golden Boot in 2013, when United last won the Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Van Persie is currently taking his coaching badges and working with Feyenoord’s Under-16 side, coaching his son Shaqueel.
But the ex-Manchester United striker is keen on a return to the Premier League should Ten Hag take the reins at Old Trafford.
The club would have to pay in the region of £5million as compensation for the final 12 months of Ten Hag’s contract once they lodged an official approach.
Ten Hag, however, inserted a get-out clause in the deal he signed a year ago and it can be triggered for just (€2million) £1.68million.
Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar has offered the Ajax boss the chance to double his current salary which would see him earn £4million a year at the Eredivisie side, should decide to stay put.
Now Under-16 coach at Feyenoord, Van Persie netted 26 goals during his time in Manchester
Ten Hag could raid his current side Ajax for several players including Jurrien Timber (left)
Ten Hag revealed to the Dutch champions last April he would only sign their two-year contract offer if he could include an ‘escape clause’ which will become active this summer.
Meanwhile, Manchester United have also been linked with several names should he take over at Old Trafford, with the Dutchman expected to raid his current employers.
Brazilian winger Anthony, 22, who has netted 12 goals and contributed to eight assists so far this season is one name on the agenda.
Another is centre-back Jurrien Timber, 20, who would immediately address United’s defensive problems. The Netherland’s international and will be part of Louis van Gaal’s squad for the Qatar World Cup in eight months time.
Moroccan full-back Noussair Mazraoui has also be linked in recent times.