Finnish entrepreneur Thomas Zilliacus, who has tabled a bid to buy Manchester United, has heaped praise on the amazing job that Erik ten Hag has done at the Old Trafford outfit.
Thomas Zilliacus recently revealed he has entered the race to buy Manchester United. He said his bid was built on an equality with the fans. Zilliacus said his group would finance half the sum required to take over Manchester United and would ask fans to invest for the other half.
Thomas Zilliacus also said fans who join him in the process to buy Manchester United would have access to an app that they can use to participate and vote on deciding footballing matters of the club.
He has now praised the work that Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has done at the Premier League side since arriving at the club after the end of the 21/22 campaign.
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Speaking to Dutch outlet NOS, Thomas Zilliacus praised Erik ten Hag, stating that the Dutchman has done an amazing job at Manchester United.
Thomas Zilliacus also praised Erik ten Hag’s handling of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar had created controversy after hitting out against Ten Hag in an interview with Piers Morgan.
Manchester United then terminated Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract by mutual agreement in November last year. He has since signed for the Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr.
Thomas Zilliacus also said if he became the owner of Manchester United, he would definitely want to see Erik ten Hag stay at the club.
Thomas Zilliacus said: “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 established 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.”
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