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Manchester United lift the FA Cup as Saints march back to the big time – Football Weekly

4 hours 42 min ago

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Nooruddean Choudry, John Brewin and Ben Fisher for a Wembley special

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On the podcast today; the underdogs did it - Manchester United won the FA Cup after beating rivals Manchester City. It was an excellent performance but what does it mean for Erik ten Hag?

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Manchester United sound out Roberto De Zerbi about becoming new manager

5 hours 31 min ago
  • Italian’s success at Brighton has impressed Sir Jim Ratcliffe
  • Erik ten Hag likely to be sacked despite FA Cup success

Roberto De Zerbi has been sounded out as a potential replacement for Erik ten Hag as Manchester United manager.

De Zerbi’s attractive possession-based style of play and the 44-year-old’s feat of qualifying Brighton for European football last year for the first time in the club’s history have impressed Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who controls football operations at United having purchased a 27.7% stake in the club last year.

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How Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United won the treble 25 years on

9 hours 21 min ago

Players recall emotions and excitement of three defining matches for club’s historic achievement across 10 glorious days

Tottenham’s Les Ferdinand worried his goal would hand Arsenal the title. Rob Lee recalls Newcastle “squabbles” going into the FA Cup final. Raimond van der Gouw predicted 2-1 but trailing 1-0 with a few minutes left told Phil Neville that Champions League glory against Bayern Munich in Barcelona would be “difficult now”. Recollections from players involved in the three defining games of Manchester United’s treble, the first in English football history, entering Sir Alex Ferguson’s team into immortality across 10 glorious days a quarter of a century ago on Sunday.

As Tottenham arrived at a sun-dappled Old Trafford on 16 May 1999 for the final match of the Premier League campaign, Ferguson’s team had 76 points, one more than Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal. Yet, after 24 minutes, disaster struck as Ferdinand scored in a moment of difficult emotion for the childhood Spurs fan.

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FA Cup final triumph a fitting last act of defiance for embattled Erik ten Hag | David Hytner

Sun, 05/26/2024 - 17:08

Manchester United have endured crisis after crisis this season but their head coach will always have Wembley glory

It was one of the great shows of ego and defiance, pure theatre, pure Louis van Gaal. As another embattled Manchester United manager from the Netherlands found himself in the same position, it was impossible to ignore the echoes. Erik ten Hag’s delivery was different, more measured and understated. But, like Van Gaal before him, he had entered the arena for a fight. He made his punches count.

“I show you the Cup,” Van Gaal said in 2016 after leading United to victory against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final as he headed for the sack; he was informed of the decision 24 hours later. Van Gaal strode into the Wembley press conference room with the trophy, which he set down on the end of the desk before repositioning it bang in front of him after he took his seat.

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‘When I took over it was a mess’: Ten Hag comes out fighting after Cup win

Sat, 05/25/2024 - 21:14
  • Ten Hag says if club don’t want him he’ll ‘go to win trophies’
  • Defeated Pep Guardiola admits: ‘The gameplan was not good’

Erik ten Hag says he will join another club and keep winning trophies if Manchester United press ahead with plans to sack him after their shock 2-1 triumph over Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

Along with delivering what may be viewed as a final parting shot before he learns of his fate, Ten Hag was unable to offer any clarity on what the future holds for him. Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the minority owner who controls United’s football policy, had earlier refused to say whether the victory over City would be enough for the Dutchman to stay.

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'When they don't want me I will hear it': Ten Hag tight-lipped on future after FA Cup win – video

Sat, 05/25/2024 - 20:28

Erik ten Hag refused to give any answers on his future as Manchester United manager after his side beat their local rivals Manchester City 2-1 to win the FA Cup. Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo scored in the first half to give United victory over an uncharacteristically poor City side but Ten Hag was unmoved when asked about his future. 'When they don't want me I will hear it,' he said after the match. 'When I took over it was a mess at United. We are on out way to constructing a team for the future and that will go with ups and downs.'

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Manchester United rediscover their identity in Red Devil redemption | Jonathan Liew

Sat, 05/25/2024 - 19:41

Erik ten Hag may be heading for the exit, but United’s FA Cup final display was the blueprint for how they should be playing

They were still out there an hour later, catching the last few rays of evening sunshine, wringing out this moment for every last drop of joy in it. Everyone wanted a go with the trophy. Some simply hoisted it like a kettlebell. Some hugged it close like a child. There was a time when Manchester United would win these finals, pose for photos and disappear back up the M6. Not now. Everyone knows how precious these moments are, how rarely they can come along, how closely they need to be treasured.

And at the end of this Red Devil redemption, Erik ten Hag sought out the two men responsible. In fact many men had authored this triumph, from the brutal Bruno Fernandes to the indomitable Lisandro Martínez to the inspired André Onana. But Ten Hag wanted a few moments alone with Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo. Ballers; cup final scorers; Wembley heroes; teenagers. Ten Hag clasped them around the ears, ruffled their hair, beamed at them like a proud dad about to go off to war.

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Manchester City misfire as Haaland flops on big stage once again | Barney Ronay

Sat, 05/25/2024 - 19:35

Guardiola picked an odd-looking team and the striker personified a hungover performance from the champions

Before kick-off at a lovely soft sunlit Wembley Stadium, Manchester City’s fans turned their backs and engaged in a mass Cup final Poznan. At the final whistle there was a strange, optical echo of that moment. Here we had an anti-Poznan, the Poznan of departures, as the backs of the blue shirts were once again turned, this time heading towards the stairs and out along the gloomy grey Wembley concourses.

Fans never stick around at the end of a losing final. Many did so here just long enough to applaud the City players after what is still a champion season. And this always was a weird, through-the-looking-glass FA Cup final. It ended with the leaky-roof billion-dollar underdogs beating the remarkably efficient government outreach project, which is some way short of culture clubs and crazy gangs but we work with what we have.

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Erik ten Hag reminds Manchester United of what could have been | Jamie Jackson

Sat, 05/25/2024 - 19:11

The 2-1 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final was proof of what the Dutchman can do with a fit squad

Erik ten Hag: the manager Manchester United are poised to sack despite the same record of two trophies in two seasons as Pep Guardiola had at the start of his Manchester City tenure.

Football, bloody hell, or football, the quaintest of old games, because with a squad near to full fitness for the first time in an age, Ten Hag showed what he can do, which was a Roy of the Rovers-esque 2-1 victory that broke City hearts, claimed the FA Cup for United, and was the sweetest of ripostes to the 54-year-old’s naysayers.

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Manchester City 1-2 Manchester United: FA Cup final player ratings

Sat, 05/25/2024 - 18:47

Kobbie Mainoo and Alejandro Garnacho were stars of the show for Manchester United but Kevin De Bruyne had a day to forget

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Manchester City 1-2 Manchester United: FA Cup final – as it happened

Sat, 05/25/2024 - 17:47

Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo got the goals as Erik ten Hag’s side stunned their noisy neighbours and ran out deserving winners

If Erik ten Hag is sacked after today’s final, Manchester United fans will be gutted to learn that Wayne Rooney will not be available to replace him. Despite his disastrous 15-match spell in charge of Birmingham City earlier this season, United’s former striker and record goalscorer has just been appointed head coach at Championship club Plymouth Argyle.

“To be the first team to do the double Double … the first team to win four in a row, the first team since Manchester United to do the treble: we keep knocking down these hurdles and this is another that we need to knock down,” says the Manchester City captain. Words: Jamie Jackson.

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Manchester United win FA Cup after Garnacho and Mainoo stun City

Sat, 05/25/2024 - 17:13

It was, quite simply, the finest Manchester United result since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. The bar has been lowered, the trophies drying up but this was a day for their fans to celebrate wildly – and not only because they stopped Manchester City from making yet more history.

Another Premier League and FA Cup Double had been on for Pep Guardiola and his all-conquering team to follow the one from last season and nobody gave United a prayer. The bookmakers had them at 8-1 to win. Erik ten Hag’s time as manager is up after the most traumatic of seasons; eighth in the league their lowest finish since 1989‑90, chaos at virtually every turn. And yet United refused to yield.

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Big Sir Jim and his Old Trafford problem: just don’t let public money pay to fix it | Barney Ronay

Sat, 05/25/2024 - 08:00

United’s part-owner has power and influence but getting taxpayers to up the value of his asset is hopefully beyond him

There’s an advert on TV at the moment for generically going somewhere on a train. It doesn’t matter when or to what end. Just travel on a train. Go anywhere. Just do it.

This seems a bit odd in a time of diffuse, franchised operators. But adverts for general “things” were common in the last century, when even in asset-stripped, organ-harvested Britain a lot of the things-infrastructure was still publicly controlled.

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Guardiola warns against complacency as Manchester City chase FA Cup glory

Fri, 05/24/2024 - 22:30
  • Manager does not take success ‘for granted’ before United final
  • Win would seal league and Cup Double in consecutive seasons

Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City’s players that complacency could be their downfall if they presume the club’s success will last forever because such attitudes have cost others in the past.

City face Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday with the aim of becoming the first club in history to do the league and FA Cup Double in consecutive seasons. If City defeat their most bitter rivals at Wembley it would be the 18th trophy of Guardiola’s eight-year tenure. In the same period United have won three.

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Ten Hag could not save Manchester United job by emulating Ferguson | Jonathan Wilson

Fri, 05/24/2024 - 21:00

Manager’s credibility has been so undermined that not even repeating the FA Cup win of 1990 could avert the sack

This isn’t 1990, but it isn’t 2016 either. Alex Ferguson may have kept his job by winning the FA Cup in 1989-90 while Louis van Gaal learned of his dismissal while celebrating on the pitch at Wembley after the 2015-16 final, but the difference in the situations wasn’t just to do with the diminishing value of the FA Cup.

Perhaps it was always a little anachronistic in 2024 to be wondering whether Erik ten Hag might be saved by victory in Saturday’s FA Cup final, but this had been a weird throwback of a campaign for Manchester United. As it is, the decision has been taken and Ten Hag at least will not face quite the indignity suffered by Van Gaal.

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Success and failure: the history of attempts to do the double-Double

Fri, 05/24/2024 - 17:00

Manchester City will try to retain the league and FA Cup on Saturday – something 12 sides have previously failed to achieve

Caprice was furious. As were Ian Botham and Barry Norman. There was anger, too, from Tamara Beckwith and Darren Day, with Simon Weston perhaps putting it best. “Have they forgotten football is a game for the people?” said a man who sustained severe burns during the Falklands war and was now ready for another battle.

It’s important to keep a sense of perspective and sadly that was in somewhat short supply during the summer of 1999 as England lost its collective mind over Manchester United’s decision not to compete in that season’s FA Cup, captured best in the Daily Mirror’s front page of 14 July as an eclectic and, quite frankly, bizarre collection of people had their say on the matter. “I was shocked when I heard. It’s so sad,” said Frances Lawrence, the widow of the murdered headteacher Philip Lawrence. Truly, the 90s were a different time.

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Manchester United decide to sack Erik ten Hag regardless of FA Cup final outcome – video

Fri, 05/24/2024 - 15:16

Manchester United have decided to sack Erik ten Hag after the FA Cup final against Manchester City. Ten Hag, who joined the club two years ago, is set to depart after enduring a fraught campaign. United finished eighth in the Premier League, their lowest league finish since 1990, and their hopes of qualifying for Europe rest on them beating City at Wembley on Saturday. A well-placed source said that even winning the Cup would not save Ten Hag. The decision to change manager will be the most significant move made by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his allies since Ineos took a minority stake and control of football operations. United have identified Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Kieran McKenna, Graham Potter and Thomas Frank as potential replacements.

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Kobbie Mainoo: ‘When I try to go to the corner shop I get a bit more attention these days’

Fri, 05/24/2024 - 15:00

The teenager only wanted a place in the Manchester United squad at the start of the season, now he can expect to start the FA Cup final and go to Euro 2024

Kobbie Mainoo conducts a conversation like he addresses the ball in Manchester United’s midfield: with a cool maturity that has been the calling card of a breakthrough season that may end in FA Cup glory and a place on England’s Euro 2024-bound plane.

After making his debut at 17 in a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Charlton in January 2023, Mainoo played twice more for a season’s total of 87 minutes before, inked in for a starting berth by Erik ten Hag this term, he went down in a summer friendly at Houston’s NRG Stadium when Real Madrid’s Rodrygo fell on him and caused an ankle injury that required surgery.

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Manchester United decide to sack Erik ten Hag regardless of Cup final outcome

Fri, 05/24/2024 - 14:20

Manchester United have decided to sack Erik ten Hag after the FA Cup final against Manchester City.

Ten Hag, who joined the club two years ago, is set to depart after enduring a fraught campaign. United finished eighth in the Premier League, their lowest league finish since 1990, and their hopes of qualifying for Europe rest on them beating City at Wembley on Saturday.

More details to follow …

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Asian fans prepare to tune in for Manchester showdown in FA Cup final

Fri, 05/24/2024 - 08:00

Showpiece is not the occasion it was for fans in countries such as Singapore and South Korea but there remains strong interest

In order to watch Liverpool beat Everton in the 1986 FA Cup final on a 100-inch screen in Singapore’s Hyatt Hotel, hundreds of fans paid around £60 in today’s money lured by the promise of pizza, hot dogs and beer as well as, weirdly, the presence of Manchester United players.

The Red Devils had arrived at Changi Airport a couple of days previously for a friendly to be greeted by more than 300 fans at the airport, with Frank Stapleton an especially big draw. The Barcelona-bound Mark Hughes was popular too and trotted out the old “I knew we had followers here but not to this extent,” line. Kevin Moran, jet-lagged and talking about the need for sleep amid questions regarding his sending-off in the previous year’s FA Cup final, may not have made the watchalong party but a good time was had by all, especially Liverpool fans, in the Hyatt and elsewhere in the city.

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