Watch: Erik ten Hag’s epic response after nearly leaving Carabao Cup trophy in post-match press conference
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag almost left the Carabao Cup as he exited the press conference following United’s 2-0 win over Newcastle at Wembley Stadium.
Erik ten Hag ‘on to next cup’ after nearly leaving EFL trophy behind (AP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag came up with an epic response after almost leaving the Carabao Cup behind as he left the press conference following the triumph at Wembley. Journalists reminded Ten Hag, who won the first trophy of his reign at United, to return and reclaim his prize. “I can leave it because [I want to win] the next cup, eh?” joked Ten Hag on his way out – this time with the trophy.
Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday ensured that manager Erik ten Hag delivered silverware in his first season. The trophy is the first for the club since JosÃ© Mourinho won the League Cup and Europa League in 2016/17.
Casemiro’s header, followed by an own goal by Sven Botman late in the first half, silenced the hordes of Newcastle fans who had flocked to the capital full of hope as Manchester United went on to win the trophy for the sixth time with relative ease.
“Maybe it was a risk but I am stubborn and I just love United so when I see our shirts, the bond with the fans, when I see Old Trafford, the legacy like Sir Alex [Ferguson] left, and how so many big players were developed in a United shirt and we want to do the same,” he said.
“This team wants to make its own history and when this opportunity came I thought it was the right club for me and that I want to be a part of it.”
“Of course, we are not only hoping [that this proves to be so] but know that we have to work to invest and suffer and sacrifice and know you have to give every day your best to do so,” he said.
“It is about glory and honour and if you want to prove something and win something you have to do it because no one is bringing something to you in top football.
“You have to win the first [trophy] and that is what we did today. You can take inspiration from this, but also more confidence.
“We are still at the start [of the process] to restore Man United to where they belong. We showed the right spirit – we fought and gave everything, as a team. It wasn’t always the best football but it was effective. There is a hunger and desire for trophies.”
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