Erik ten Hag told to send big message to rivals by wrecking Liverpool's transfer plans

Manchester United have reportedly been urged to make a statement of intent by hijacking Liverpool's pursuit of Erik ten Hag.

The Ajax manager is one of the most sought-after coaches in Europe and is being heavily linked with a move to Anfield in the summer.

However, according to reports, United have been told to wreck their rivals' transfer plans by swooping in and making a move for the highly-rated coach.

Ten Hag has enjoyed a successful spell at Ajax, leading them to the Champions League semi-finals last season and winning two league titles in the process.

The Dutchman is now being eyed by some of the biggest clubs in Europe, with Liverpool reportedly leading the race for his signature.

But United are believed to be keen on the 52-year-old and have been urged to make a real statement of intent by poaching him from under their rivals' noses.

The Red Devils are looking to appoint their next manager before the end of the season and it seems they are keen to make sure they have the best possible candidate in charge.

Signing Ten Hag would undoubtedly be a huge coup for the club and would send a clear message to their rivals that they are ready to challenge for the top honours next season.

Whether United will make a move for the Ajax boss remains to be seen, but it seems they could be ready to make a bold statement by snatching him from under Liverpool's noses.