Erik ten Hag has revealed he has met Sir Jim Ratcliffe because the billionaire bids to purchase Manchester United.
Ratcliffe, a lifelong United fan whose chemical firm Ineos are among the many potential purchasers, was at their Carrington coaching advanced on Friday as talks proceed to purchase out the Glazer household’s 69 p.c share within the membership.
“I just met him and shook hands but I am focused on the game,” mentioned Ten Hag, whose aspect face Fulham within the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday. “Others in the club are dealing with potential investors.”
The Ineos delegation additionally included co-owners Andy Currie and John Reece, plus sport chiefs Rob Nevin and Jean Claude Blanc in addition to director of sport Sir Dave Brailsford.
Representatives of Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al Thani, the Qatari billionaire, visited United on Thursday however Ten Hag was in Spain then, overseeing victory over Real Betis within the Europa League.
Ten Hag believes his model of play has helped Marcus Rashford take pleasure in probably the most prolific season of his profession.
The ahead has scored 30 targets – 27 for United and three for England – after solely getting 5 final 12 months and Ten Hag feels his choice to usher in former striker Benni McCarthy to teach the forwards has additionally helped Rashford change into stronger.
Ten Hag added: “I think the most important [thing is] of course the way of play that gives him base and structure and the way of play is in his favour. I knew his skills. You also bring staff around who can make him better and make progress and I thought we needed one in the staff who was specific for strikers.
“He progressed during the season. He was not in the best shape when he started the season but the way of playing gives him a base and he brings his skills in and his attitude and mentality and that is bringing in a lot of progress and brings the team a lot of joy and gives him a lot of goals and us a lot of wins.”