Sir Alex Ferguson waited to congratulate Erik ten Hag after he led Man United to Carabao Cup win
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Sir Alex Ferguson waited to congratulate Erik ten Hag after he ended Manchester United's six-year trophy drought by leading the team to a Carabao Cup triumph.
United beat Newcastle 2-0 at Wembley on Sunday courtesy of a Casemiro header and an own goal from Sven Botman in six first-half minutes.
The Red Devils didn't add to their lead in the second half but managed the game brilliantly to win a first bit of silverware since the Europa League in 2017.
Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes lifted the trophy together to kick off the Ten Hag reign at Old Trafford.
It completed a perfect week for Ten Hag and United following their huge Europa League play-off win over Barcelona just three days prior.
And after winning on his first ever visit to Wembley, the Dutchman immediately went over to legendary manager Ferguson in the tunnel.
The pair, who were seen having dinner recently, shared a wonderful embrace and a few words. Ten Hag revealed the Scot, the club's most successful manager, was invited into the dressing room for the celebrations.
"He [Sir Alex] was there after the match," Ten Hag told Sky Sports.
"He is a happy man tonight."
Ten Hag, who danced with Lisandro Martinez and Antony in line with their traditions at Ajax, also shook hands with chief executive Richard Arnold, co-owner Avram Glazer, honorary life president and former chairman Martin Edwards and director Mike Edelson.
After some early season wobbles, Ten Hag has brought the good times back to United and they look like a proper team again.
And the 52-year-old wants to follow in the footsteps of Ferguson by creating a special legacy.
Speaking at the press conference, he said: "I just love United. When I see already our shirts, when I see the bond with the fans, when I see Old Trafford, when I see the legacy Sir Alex left, so many players, big players were developed in the United teams, it makes a big impression and we want to do the same.
"This team wants to make its own history and its own legacy. When this opportunity came, this is the right club for me, I want to be a part of it."
Ten Hag brought the Carabao Cup in with him for the presser but forgot to take it with him upon leaving the room and told journalists, "I can leave it because of the next cup!"