Ten Hag lauds Alex Ferguson for leaving behind a 'winning culture'

Erik ten Hag lauds Sir Alex Ferguson for leaving behind a ‘winning culture’ at Man United… as Dutchman admits he is eager to make legendary boss feel ‘proud’ by winning Carabao Cup final against Newcastle

  • Erik ten Hag and Sir Alex Ferguson were recently pictured having dinner 
  • Dutchman says Ferguson has left behind an everlasting legacy at Man United  
  • Ten Hag will seek to win first trophy in England against Newcastle on Sunday

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has lauded Sir Alex Ferguson for the legacy he has behind him at the club. 

Former manager Ferguson has been ever-present at United games this season and looks to have built a great relationship with Ten Hag. 

The two men were pictured deep in conversation over dinner at Wilmslow restaurant Cibo before United’s play-off second leg against Barcelona on Thursday night.

Asked what the best message Ferguson has given him, Ten Hag said it wasn’t just one piece of advice, but the ‘winning culture’ the Scotsman left behind.   

The Dutchman told Sky Sports: ‘He is by doing (not words). I think he left a legacy and that is Manchester United stands for winning and a winning culture. 

Erik ten Hag has lauded Sir Alex Ferguson for the legacy he has behind him at Man United

The two men were pictured deep in conversation over dinner in Manchester this week 

The Dutchman said he welcomed the advice from the legendary United boss over dinner

‘I think he’s such a great example for all of us, for humanity, but for all of us around and in Manchester United, he’s such a big example and we hope that we can make him proud on Sunday.’ 

On the meeting he had with Ferguson over dinner, Ten hag added: ‘It is massive. I always enjoy it, speaking with people with a lot of knowledge and experience.

‘He was to share it, he wants to help and support and you feel this is his club. He is so committed. He wants us to do well. It was a great night and I’m looking forward to the next one with him.’

Ten Hag has revitalised United since arriving from Ajax last summer. From a place of disarray, they are third in the Premier League and still in the FA Cup and Europa League, having beaten Barcelona on Thursday.

He will seek to win his first trophy in England and United’s first in six years when they take on Newcastle in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, Ten Hag’s first trip to the famous Wembley Stadium. 

‘It’s a great moment I to go to Wembley. I think. It’s a real theatre to play a game, to play a final. It’s really exciting to go there. And of course if you go there, you want to win and it’s a big day for us,’ the 53-year-old said.  

United travel to Wembley as favourites and are unbeaten in nine matches though they’ll be hoping top scorer Marcus Rashford can recover in time from an ankle knock sustained against Barca.

Manchester United will seek to win their first trophy first in six years against Newcastle 

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