Erik ten Hag Opens Lid on His Meeting With Sir Alex Ferguson Hours Before Barcelona Clash

Erik ten Hag Opens Lid on His Meeting With Sir Alex Ferguson Hours Before Barcelona Clash

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:26 PM
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  • Erik ten Hag and Sir Alex Ferguson were pictured dining together ahead of the Man United clash against Barcelona
  • The meeting between the two left fans speculating, with many wondering what the pair discussed
  • United's Thursday clash will see both teams aiming for a win for a chance to qualify for the next round of the competition

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has opened up on his dinner meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson hours ahead of the Red Devils' Europa League clash against Barcelona.

United are scheduled to host the La Liga giants for the second leg of their knockout fixture at Old Trafford on Thursday night, February 23.

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Erik ten Hag speaks during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Europa League knockout round play-off match against FC Barcelona at Carrington Training Ground. Photo by Ash Donelon.
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Manchester Evening News reports that the two teams played out a 2-2 thrilling draw in the reverse tie played at Camp Nou, and a win for either side will guarantee them a spot in the next round of the competition.

The Thursday meeting comes at a time both teams are enjoying a fine run of form, with Barcelona currently topping the charts in the Spanish top flight with 59 points.

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What Ten Hag discussed with Fergie

Ten Hag and Ferguson were spotted dining together hours before the Europa League cracker, with the meeting leaving fans guessing what the two discussed.

The United boss has now offered insights into his meeting with the legendary Premier League boss.

Speaking during a press briefing, the Dutchman hinted he had gone for some advice from Fergie ahead of the Thursday showdown.

“It's massive. I always enjoy speaking with people who have a lot of knowledge, a lot of experience and he wants to share it, he wants to help and support," Ten Hag said via Mirror UK.
“ Manchester United is his club and he feels so committed. We are doing well. It was a great night and I look forward to the next night with him," he added.

Ten Hag plots title win

Sports Brief had earlier reported that Erik ten Hag had disclosed Manchester United's grand plan to win the Premier League title. The Red Devils have not tasted Premier League glory for close to a decade.

United last won the domestic crown during the 2012/13 campaign under legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Old Trafford dwellers came closest to challenging for the EPL in 2017 under Jose Mourinho after they finished second behind Man City with 81 points.

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