Ten Hag quickly shifts focus to next trophy

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Man United’s Erik ten Hag claims he has shifted his focus on to the next trophy after he almost forgot the Carabao cup at the Press Conference

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag joked that he’s “already on to the next cup” after almost leaving the Carabao Cup trophy in his news conference following Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle at Wembley on Sunday.

Ten Hag brought the trophy into his post-match news conference before answering questions on the game. After its conclusion, the Dutchman left his seat and headed for the exit, only to be reminded that he had left the silverware behind.

“I’m already on to the next cup, this one is in,” he joked as he returned to retrieve the trophy.

The Carabao Cup is Ten Hag’s first trophy since arriving at Old Trafford in the summer. It ended a United drought that goes back to 2017, when Jose Mourinho lifted the Europa League trophy, and Ten Hag is hopeful his victory over Newcastle can be a springboard for bigger and better things.

Ten Hag also said he spoke to Avram Glazer at the end of the game after United’s co-chairman made a surprise visit to Wembley.

The Glazer family have invited offers to buy the club with both Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani and British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe making public their interest in a takeover.

“[Glazer] was really happy, really happy for the club, as an owner,” Ten Hag said. “So I really wanted [him] to be part of it. He was in the dressing room, very good he was there to show his intentions.

“I’m not involved in that process [a possible sale]. I think the way that he is here shows you feel that he is committed about the process. I have to perform with this team, this dressing room and others at the club are involved in the decisions about ownership.”

 

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