Louis van Gaal believes Ed Woodward's Man Utd departure may help Erik ten Hag

Sean Walsh
Ten Hag's Man Utd will return for pre-season on June 27
Ten Hag's Man Utd will return for pre-season on June 27 / Dean Mouhtaropoulos/GettyImages

Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal thinks compatriot Erik ten Hag may have a better chance of succeeding at Manchester United following Ed Woodward's departure.

Woodward's decade-long stint as the Red Devils' executive vice-chairman ended this year, bringing to a close one of the least successful eras in United's recent history.

Van Gaal worked under Woodward during his time at Old Trafford from 2014 to 2016, and had previously insisted that Ten Hag should avoid joining Man Utd as they were a 'commercial club'.

The 70-year-old was asked for his thoughts on Ten Hag's chances of succeeding as United boss again recently, to which he replied: "There is now a new leadership.

"It was Woodward and now it is Richard Arnold and that can make the difference. So we have to wait and see.

"He [Ten Hag] has a lot of confidence. So who am I to say something about that?"

Listen now to 90min's Manchester United podcast, The Promised Land, with Scott Saunders & Rob BlanchetteOn this week's show they discuss reports linking Ruben Neves and Robert Lewandowski with moves to Old Trafford, the latest on Frenkie de Jong, and Andy O'Boyle's return to the club.

Ten Hag has already ordered his new squad to return to Carrington for pre-season training on June 27 ahead of a long and gruelling first year at the helm.

The Red Devils have not yet completed any signings since the Dutchman was appointed, but have seen Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata walk away for free.