- Shamser Khalid
Touching Moments Caught After Carabao Cup Final
Celebrations exploded at Wembley Stadium on Sunday when Manchester United beat Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final. While everyone celebrated, someone captured a heartwarming moment between Sir Alex Ferguson and Erik ten Hag.
The two gave each other a high-five before sharing a brief hug. Fans captured the moment shared in the tunnel, and for many of them, the heartwarming interaction symbolized a passing of the torch.
One fan commented, "Truly an epic moment; Ferguson finally has a proper successor." A second commenter said, "Seeing Fergie smiling again is priceless," while another added, "The joy and trust in SAF's eyes. He knows Ten Hag is the man."
Manchester United Celebrations
Before the touching moment, Ten Hag was seen dancing with former Ajax stars Lisandro Martinez and Antony. When the duo met at the tunnel, Erik ten Hag invited iconic former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson into the Red Devils’ dressing room to join in with the victory celebrations.
Pictures later shared on social media show the former United manager posing with the United team. Sources say that when champagne and beer were poured, Ten Hag joked, "It's champagne for managers and staff, but for the players, they rest as they have a big game on Wednesday."
Before the Carabao Cup Final
Prior to the match and celebrations, sources spotted Sir Alex Ferguson and Erik ten Hag having dinner together. Reports say they were seen deep in conversation in the Italian restaurant Cibo in Wilmslow on Monday night.
In one interview, Ten Hag elaborated on the dinner. "I always enjoy speaking with people who have a lot of knowledge, a lot of experience," said the Dutchman.
"He wants to share it, he wants to help and support. Manchester United is his club, and he feels so committed. We are doing well. It was a great night, and I look forward to the next night with him."
Erik ten Hag's Achievements
Given the duo's meetings, many consider Ten Hagen as Ferguson's successor. Even before the Carabao Cup final, Ten Hag received plenty of praise for his impact on the club. It was in April 2022 that Erik ten Hag took on the role of Manchester United manager.
Since his signing with the club, he has managed to turn things around for Manchester United. While the Dutch manager lost his first two games in charge, including a 4-0 thrashing against Brentford, United has shown an uprise in their recent games.
What's Next for Erik ten Hag and Manchester United
Following Manchester United's victory after a six-year draught, many hope that Ten Hag will continue making his predecessor proud over the coming weeks as he attempts to make United’s season even more successful.
The team has also become favourites to win the Europa League after their victory against Barcelona. Manchester United also has a chance at a Premier League title and the FA Cup.
Manchester United's next match will be against West Ham United on March 2 for the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. Following that match, they will have a match on March 6 against Liverpool for the Premier League.