“Frenkie [De Jong] is an incredible player and for every club in the whole world he will strengthen the squad because he has a unique quality,” said Erik ten Hag in his pre-match press conference.
“If you can get him in the squad your team will be stronger.
“In Spain, he became even better. He’s a fantastic player, plays out from the back, he always has time and it was a pleasure to work with him.”
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The Manchester United boss worked with Frenkie at Ajax before the latter moved to Barcelona.
He’s endured a lukewarm spell so far but has worked his way into the club’s first-team plans after a failed transfer to Old Trafford last year.
Ten Hag will face his former prodigy when the Red Devils take on Barca in the Europa League on Thursday.