Jaap Stam is dreaming of a Manchester United return as manager

by Tanveer Arayan

Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam would love to manage at Old Trafford in the future.

Stam won three successive Premier League titles and the Champions League in 1999 under Sir Alex Ferguson before his acrimonious move to Lazio in 2001.

He has collected his coaching badges last season with the Ajax U21 side but admits he is ready to take on more responsibility as a manager.

Speaking about his future, Stam said: “First it would be for me to work as a manager in England, but eventually, if I develop and do well, hopefully I can get back in a role for United.

“I finished my coaching badges last season. I want to manage in Holland or England.

“First it would be for me to work as a manager in England, but eventually, if I develop and do well, hopefully I can get back in a role for United.

“People have been talking about me stepping in if Frank de Boer was to leave Ajax, but while he has a contract, there’s nothing sure. I want to develop myself and go to a team in England, so I’ve told Ajax I’m finishing my contract.”

I’d love to have Stam back at United in a coaching capacity. Could you imagine anybody better suited than him to be a defensive coach? He still scares me to look at him, so imagine getting coached by him. You certainly wouldn’t go against his orders.

In all seriousness, Stam was one of my favourite ever players in the Sir Alex Ferguson era. No defender struck fear into their opponents quite like Jaap did and his departure in 2001 was a really tough one to take because he still had so many years left at the top level.

Stam back as defensive, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in as attacking coach and Paul Scholes in as part of our academy? That sounds mint.

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