Sir Jim Ratcliffe IGNORES question on whether Erik ten Hag will be sacked after FA Cup win, with Man United co-owner turning his back on journalist in tunnel at Wembley

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe refused to answer a question on whether Erik ten Hag will remain in charge of Manchester United following the FA Cup final.

Ten Hag took United to victory at Wembley on Saturday as they beat arch rivals Manchester City, with the Dutchman winning his second trophy in as many years in charge of the club.

Doubt still remains over his future, however, despite the 54-year-old making one final plea to keep his job after lifting the FA Cup trophy.

It was always expected that a decision would be made following Saturday's final, with Ratcliffe ringing the changes elsewhere off-the-field following his minority takeover of the club earlier this year.

The Brit will be the person that makes the call, with the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Kieran McKenna linked with the role, but he remained tight-lipped when asked what his call will be on Saturday.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe (pictured) turned his back on a reporter when asked if Erik ten Hag will remain in his role as manager after his side's FA Cup final win

Sir Jim Ratcliffe (pictured) turned his back on a reporter when asked if Erik ten Hag will remain in his role as manager after his side's FA Cup final win

The new United co-owner was in attendance at Wembley on Saturday to watch his side's triumph over Manchester City

The new United co-owner was in attendance at Wembley on Saturday to watch his side's triumph over Manchester City

Ten Hag's future remains unclear and was always expected to be decided after Saturday's game

Ten Hag's future remains unclear and was always expected to be decided after Saturday's game

Reporter: “Sir Jim… is Erik staying?”

Sir Jim: 🤐#MUFC pic.twitter.com/BRCaEuercL

— Brad Cox (@BradJCox_) May 25, 2024

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Ratcliffe was snapped walked through the mixed zone at Wembley following his side's victory, with the 71-year-old seen congratulating Ten Hag and his players on the stadium's balcony before their trophy lift.

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He walked, straight-faced, next to right hand man Sir Dave Brailsford, and wasn't approached until he reached the end of the corridor.

Moments before he was about to walk through the exit, a reporter shouted: 'Sir Jim,' with the United co-owner stopping and looking to his left.

Brailsford could instantly be seen putting his hand on his partner's back, as if to usher him through the door, but Ratcliffe appeared determined to hear the reporter out, stopping in his tracks as he approached the exit of the room inside Wembley.

After a brief pause, he was asked: 'Is Erik staying?'

In response, he turned his back on the person asking the question, walking through the door with murmurs heard in the mixed zone.

Speaking after the game, Ten Hag admitted he was unsure if he had taken charge of his final game as United manager

Speaking after the game, Ten Hag admitted he was unsure if he had taken charge of his final game as United manager

Ratcliffe has made a number of changes off-the-field at United, and the manager could be next

Ratcliffe has made a number of changes off-the-field at United, and the manager could be next

Ten Hag made one final plea to save his job after the game, admitting he didn't know if he had just taken charge of his final game with the club.

He once again blamed injuries for his side's disappointing campaign, which saw them finish eighth - their worst-ever finish in the Premier League - and qualify for Europe only through the FA Cup victory.

Speaking to BBC after the game when asked if he will remain in charge, he said: 'I don't know. The only thing I'm doing is preparing my team, developing my team. This is a project for me. When I came in I can say it was a mess. Now we are better. We are not where we want to be.

'Football is about winning trophies. I want to play the best football, dynamic, attacking football but in the end you have to win games and trophies. That's the menaltity we brought in. This was our one opportunity and we did it. I'm very proud of the players and staff.'

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