Tue 28 March 2023 | 17:17

Man Utd bidder Thomas Zilliacus praises ten Hag for doing an 'amazing

Thomas Zilliacus, a Manchester United bidder, has commended Erik ten Hag in regards to his management of Cristiano Ronaldo. He described Ten Hag's job as "amazing".

Despite initially facing some challenges when he took over at

Manchester United

, Erik ten Hag quickly established his authority and refused to tolerate any misbehavior. Although Marcus Rashford was reprimanded by him, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who faced the harshest consequences for his criticism of Ten Hag and the club.

As a result, the Portugal star's contract was terminated and he was transferred to Al-Nassr. Prospective owner Thomas Zilliacus praised Ten Hag's firm actions, indicating his admiration for the way he handled the situation.

“From what I’ve seen, he’s a brilliant manager,"

the Finnish businessman told Dutch outlet NOS on Tuesday.

"What he did with Ajax was amazing and what he’s done now with Manchester United is equally amazing. Because early in the season, things didn’t look very good. And he had the courage, which I really admire, to tell even big estabilished stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo ‘look, this is me running this and this is how I need to do’.

"And that led Ronaldo to leave the club which now seems to have been a good move, because the club is doing significantly better without him. I think he’s done an amazing job. So I really hope that he stays with the club and if I would be the owner I’d definitely want to see him continue.”

Sheikh Jassim and Sir Jim Ratcliffe's bids initially grabbed attention, but Thomas Zilliacus has now entered the race with a strong stance against Sheikh ownership. The Finnish businessman has suggested a potential joint bid between prospective buyers, but emphasised that fans will be a priority in his approach.

“Without fans there is no club,"

Zilliacus continued.

"When the deal is done and I own the club, I will invite them to buy shares in the club. As far as I am concerned, Manchester United does not belong to one person, not an ego trip, but to everyone with a heart for the club.”



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