Erik ten Hag said Avram Glazer’s presence at Wembley showed ‘his intentions’ as Manchester United won the Carabao Cup on Sunday.
The Red Devils beat Newcastle United 2-0 to grab the first piece of silverware in the Ten Hag era, with Casemiro scoring a header and Sven Botman inadvertently netting an own-goal in the first half.
But the only sour note for United supporters was the presence of co-chairman Avram Glazer at Wembley. The joint owner of the club rarely attends matches and Glazer was booed by supporters when he appeared on the screen at the stadium.
Glazer also shook hands with Ten Hag after he collected the trophy and went into the dressing room following the game, along with Sir Alex Ferguson. Glazer’s attendance comes amid speculation that he and the rest of the club’s owners are becoming less enthusiastic about the prospect of selling United.
In November the Glazers said they were ‘searching for strategic alternatives’ with offers subsequently coming from Ineos and Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammed Al Thani to buy United. And Ten Hag’s post-match comments will only heighten rumours that the Glazers are reconsidering their position.
“He was really happy for the club as an owner,” the United boss said after the game. “He wants to be part of it, you feel that, and he was in the dressing room. It was very good he was here and to show his intentions.”
Asked to clarify that comment and if he was talking about the takeover process, Ten Hag replied: “I don’t know, I am not involved in that. I think the way that he is here shows that he is committed to the process. What he wants, it’s not for me [to say]. I have to lead this dressing room and others in the club are involved in ownership.”