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Erik ten Hag expressed his desire that the lap of honor wouldn’t serve as his farewell to the supporters of Manchester United.

Erik ten Hag is looking forward to what could be his last game managing Manchester United at Old Trafford against Newcastle on Wednesday night.

Despite uncertainty about his future, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the new co-owner, yet to confirm if Ten Hag will continue as manager next season, he doesn’t see this match as a farewell to the Old Trafford faithful.

The upcoming game against Newcastle precedes United’s final Premier League match against Brighton on Sunday, followed by an FA Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley. Ten Hag expressed gratitude for the unwavering support from both the traveling and home fans, especially after recent defeats to Crystal Palace and Arsenal.

When questioned if the Newcastle match would mark his goodbye to Old Trafford, Ten Hag responded firmly, saying, “No, it’s not how I perceive it. It’s not the right moment for me to bid farewell during the lap of honor. The answer remains the same.”

He emphasized the unity between the team and the fans during both highs and lows, acknowledging the fans’ understanding of the club’s transitional phase and the challenges faced, particularly in key positions.

Ten Hag also praised Lisandro Martinez, who is set to return to the pitch for his 12th appearance this season after recovering from injuries. Martinez’s absence was felt throughout the season, with United conceding 82 goals and enduring 19 losses. Ten Hag highlighted Martinez’s leadership qualities and his importance in bolstering the team’s defensive line when fit.

Overall, Ten Hag remains focused on the upcoming matches and appreciative of the fans’ unwavering support, signaling optimism despite the uncertainties surrounding his future at the club.

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