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Published Time: 25.05.2024 - 19:02:43 Modified Time: 25.05.2024 - 19:02:43

The Dutchman said he is still in the dark whether he will remain manager next season, but insisted he will continue to win trophies -- whether he's at United or elsewhere. FA Cup, FA Cup Final, Man City vs Man United, fa cup final 2024, man utd, Manchester United, man city, man united, Erik ten Hag, man u, Ten Hag, Manchester City



Kobbie Mainoo finds the back of the net to give Manchester United a 2-0 lead in the FA Cup. (1:24)

The Dutchman said he is still in the dark whether he will remain manager next season, but insisted he will continue to win trophies -- whether he's at United or elsewhere.

"Two trophies in two years is not bad, three finals in two years is not bad," Ten Hag told a postmatch news conference Saturday.

"If they don't want me, then I go somewhere else to win trophies because that is what I do."

Erik ten Hag lifted his second trophy as Man United manager on Saturday. Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images

Ten Hag's future is in doubt following a disappointing eighth-place finish in the Premier League.

New co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has refused to offer his public backing, and sources told ESPN that club chiefs have sounded out potential candidates -- including Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Kieran McKenna and Thomas Frank -- in case they decide to make a change.

Ten Hag, however, insisted he has the support of Ratcliffe and his Ineos team, led by director of sport Sir Dave Brailsford.

"That is what they always tell me," he said. "How many times do I have to tell you? Every time it is the same question. Do I have to repeat myself 10, 15, 20 times?

"They don't have to tell me every week if they tell me so often. I heard it many times."

Ten Hag was also asked whether he felt undermined by United holding informal talks with representatives of potential replacements before issuing a strong defence of his reign.

"I don't know if they have done this, I can't answer this question," he said. "I don't know. Maybe you have sources. I don't have them.

"I am in a project and we are exactly where we want to be, we are constructing a team for the future. When I took over we were in a mess. The team is developing, the team is winning and the team plays to an identity, but you need the players to be available and a strong squad, especially when you play in England and Europe.

"There is a lot of work to do but we have value in the squad, high potentials. The team is progressing and we are winning trophies."

United captain Bruno Fernandes said the players were aware of the speculation over Ten Hag's future but said it was not the players' place to weigh in on what the board should do.

"Nobody was worried that. Today we had a great opportunity to win an FA Cup, something that's very important in the UK. The focus was on the final, nobody was worried that.

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