Erik ten Hag opens up on ‘great night’ after dinner with Man Utd legend Sir Alex

Erik ten Hag has opened up on his "great night" after having dinner with Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

The pair were spotted enjoying a meal together at the Cibo restaurant in Wilmslow on Tuesday night during a busy week for Ten Hag as United boss. The Red Devils host Barcelona in the second leg of their Europa League play-off round tie on Thursday before facing Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Ahead of those matches, Ten Hag has lifted the lid on his evening with Ferguson, explaining: "It is massive (to have his support). I enjoy to speak with people with massive knowledge and experience of it.

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"He wants to share it, he wants to help and support. Manchester United is his club and he feels so committed. He wants us to be doing well. It was a great night."

United are bidding to win their first piece of silverware since 2017, when they lifted the Europa League trophy, with victory against Newcastle this weekend.

It has been six years since they last won the competition, which Ferguson was triumphant in four times during his 27 years as manager.

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Before Ten Hag can switch his focus to the cup final, though, he must guide United into the last 16 of this season's Europa League, with their play-off round clash in the balance after last week's first leg in Spain.

United had come back from a goal behind at the Nou Camp to lead going into the final 15 minutes before they were pegged back by a Raphinha goal as the match ended 2-2. Whoever progresses from the tie will go into Friday's last 16 draw, which also features Arsenal.

Despite a slow start to the season, Ten Hag is enjoying an impressive campaign at Old Trafford after replacing interim boss Ralf Rangnick in the summer.

He has won 27 of his 38 matches in charge, with United unbeaten in their last eight matches across all competitions and losing just one of their last 19 fixtures.


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