I spotted Erik ten Hag’s subtle message to Sir Jim Ratcliffe that may save his Man United job

Manchester United overcame Newcastle 3-2 in the Premier League to cap off their successful home season at Old Trafford.

At the halfway point, Kobbie Mainoo skillfully placed the ball under Martin Dubravka to give the Reds the lead. Shortly after the break, Anthony Gordon got the score back to even, but on minute fifty-seven, Amad’s superb debut goal in the Premier League gave United the lead again.

Rasmus Hojlund put the outcome beyond doubt with six minutes to go, but Lewis Hall’s stoppage-time goal guaranteed a tense conclusion to an exciting match at the Theatre of Dreams. Look at what you might have missed from the win as MEN Sport examines United’s chances of placing seventh.

Ten Hag’s indirect message to Ratcliffe

With pressure increasing in the boardroom, it was evident that Ten Hag was going all out to win over the United supporters. When the Dutchman emerged before to kickoff, he applauded the Stretford End for a considerable amount of time and shook hands with supporters behind the dugout before the first whistle blew.

What might have been overlooked, though, was his pre-match notes in the program. Ten Hag cited Mikel Arteta’s performance at Old Trafford as justification for United’s decision to retain him in front of the upcoming campaign.

“Arsenal’s strength is the result of years of continuity and process,” he wrote. “I think our supporters understand that we are still undergoing our own development and that there will be positive times to come if we all continue pulling in the same direction.”

Ratcliffe may not have been in Manchester on Wednesday night but it is clear Ten Hag was sending a subtle message to his boss.

Martial gets Old Trafford send-off

Anthony Martial’s time at United is about to come to an end since he was deemed ineligible to play against Newcastle. Nevertheless, when he made one final lap of honor with his teammates and exited the field, the home crowd gave him a standing ovation and began shouting his name.

In December, Martial made his final appearance for United at Old Trafford against AFC Bournemouth.

Newcastle fans mock Old Trafford leaks

Before kickoff, Newcastle supporters were in a good mood and ready to make fun of their hosts in the middle of the week. Over the weekend, a flash storm created a stunning leak in the roof, turning the Theatre of Dreams into something akin to the Theatre of Streams.

Some Newcastle supporters were ready for any additional leaks; they were seen donning umbrella caps and goggles as self-defense.

 

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