Ruud van Nistelrooy has made his thoughts on Erik ten Hag clear amid Man United 'approach'

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Ruud van Nistelrooy has already made his feelings clear amid Manchester United's reported approach for him to become part of Erik ten Hag's backroom staff.

The 47-year-old is expected to make a decision on his future after emerging as a strong candidate for the vacant managerial job at Burnley. He is understood to be part of a wide conversation with the Clarets, with West Bromwich Albion's Carlos Corberan, Frank Lampard and Scott Parker also being considered.

Fabrizio Romano claims that a decision is expected 'next week' - and that United have approached him to be part of Ten Hag's 'new staff' at Old Trafford.

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With that said, the former United forward has already made his thoughts clear on Ten Hag. He recently hailed him as a 'great Dutch coach', whom he ranks alongside big names such as Rinus Michels, Johan Cruyff and Louis van Gaal.

"There is a long history of great Dutch coaches, and I have so much admiration for the careers they have had. Rinus Michels, Johan Cruyff, Louis van Gaal, Guus Hiddink, Dick Advocaat, and now of course, Erik ten Hag and Arne Slot," he told Coaches Voice.

"It is motivational for me to continue learning, to continue improving myself, and maybe one day make the steps to show I am capable of that. It’s a fantastic challenge, and I’m looking forward to taking it on."

Van Nistelrooy spent five seasons at United between 2001 and 2006, scoring 150 goals in 219 appearances. He certainly enjoyed his time at the club under Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I love the game, and I love a certain way of playing," he added. "At Manchester United, Sir Alex was always pushing us forward. Look forward, play forward, get crosses in, shoot on target.

"As a player, I loved the way that made me feel. I wanted to play like that, and I want to transmit that same feeling to my teams, to my players."