Diego Forlan has revealed that he likes the look of Erik ten Hag and hopes that young Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri will get an opportunity at the club under his stewardship.
United are closing in on making Ajax boss Ten Hag their next permanent manager following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskaer in November. MEN Sport understands that the club are finalizing the process of appointing the 52-year-old and that a deal is ‘basically done.’
Ten Hag will have a massive job on his hands in turning United’s fortunes around after yet another dreadful season, which failed to improve after Ralf Rangnick was hired on an interim basis, but fan favorite Forlan thinks he will bring a lot to Old Trafford.
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“He has been since 2017 at Ajax. He has been at a great club, he won titles, we know the way they do things there,” the Uruguayan told the Beyond The Pitch podcast.
“There is something about him I like, he has done very well in the Champions League and Ajax always do well in the Dutch league but the thing about him is that everything he can bring to the club. United is a place where you have very good players, where you try to get possession and play good football.
“Ajax have their academy and he has done what he needs to do with that so maybe he can bring that.”
As well as the exciting football his side plays, Ten Hag has earned a reputation of bringing young players into the team and turning them into elite stars. Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt being the best examples.
United have plenty of thrilling talent in their own youth ranks and one player Forlan hopes will get a chance under the Dutchman is his fellow countryman Pellistri. United signed the highly-rated forward from Penarol in 2020 and after showing initial promise on a short loan spell at Alaves last season his progress has stalled since returning to the Spanish club for the current campaign.
The 20-year-old is yet to start a game in 2020 and hasn’t got a goal contribution to his name this season but Forlan is still hopeful that he will fulfill his potential if given a chance. The former striker added: ‘He [Pellestri] is very nice guy, very professional.
“He understands the language which is very important for him adapting to a new country in England. The negative point is that he went on loan, and he is not playing that much at Alaves, he is not having the opportunity he wanted to have to get more experience and come back to United.
“It depends on the manager for next season if he gives him the opportunity to stay at the club. I think he can be very good, but he is young, he has a lot of potential, but he still needs to learn.”
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