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I attended Ten Hag press conference after FA Cup win and felt two emotions

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Erik ten Hag walked into the Wembley press room, quickly glanced at the front row to identify any familiar faces, repositioned his microphone and took a sip of water.

Manchester United had just won the FA Cup after a stunning victory over Manchester City and a celebratory press conference would follow in normal circumstances.




However, the build-up to the FA Cup final was marred by reports of INEOS’ interest in other managers and suggestions Ten Hag would be sacked regardless of the outcome at Wembley, so it was inevitable his future would dominate the agenda in the post-match debrief.

“It’s always the best to end on a high. Then you have the whole summer to enjoy,” said Ten Hag to PA’s opening question. The BBC came next and asked the Dutchman whether he expected to be in charge at Old Trafford next season. “I don’t think about this,” Ten Hag said.

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“I’m in a project and we are exactly where we want to be, constructing a team. When I took over, it was a mess at United and we’re on our way to construct a team for the future.

“There will be ups and downs. What you see is the team is developing, the team is winning, and it’s about winning trophies, and the team also plays to an identity.

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