Former Manchester United scout Marcel Bout has slammed the club for ignoring his advice on transfers for former Ajax youth players Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt.
Manchester United have previously been heavily linked with De Jong, with 2022 being the most notable.
However, the Red Devils failed to lure the Dutch midfielder away from Barcelona due to reasons including deferred wages.
However, according to Bout, Man United were also approached by Ajax to sign De Ligt along with de Jong.
“I said to Ed Woodward, ‘Edwin van der Sar played here,'” Bout said in an interview with Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. Now, through him, let him build a bridge to Ajax. ” 17-year-old Matthijs de Ligt played in training. Then Frenkie de Jong came to Ajax. Be sure to sign up these talents early on. That way you can always grow it in the Netherlands for a while.
“[My advice was ignored]because there are so many forces at work within United.[United’s leaders]don’t make decisions or are too slow. Isn’t that a shame? My firing is very upsetting.”