Ten Hag issues rallying cry as Man Utd keep European hopes alive

Under-fire Erik ten Hag does not believe Manchester United's 3-2 win over Newcastle will prove to be his last game in the Old Trafford dugout.

The 54-year-old's future is the subject of widespread speculation given the way things have dramatically unravelled after a promising first season in charge.

Following Wednesday night's victory, among a smattering of boos, the Dutchman strode defiantly onto the pitch and took the microphone to address those that had stayed to applaud the players' traditional lap of honour.

"As you know," he began, "it wasn't an easy season, but one thing remained constant - and that was the backing of you for the team.

"But this season is not over yet. We will travel to Brighton where we go for three points, and then we go to Wembley. And I promise you that the players will give everything to bring a cup to Old Trafford."

Indeed, Ten Hag still has to navigate United's final Premier League fixture, a trip to Brighton, before taking on Manchester City in the FA Cup final the following weekend - two opportunities to stake a claim for Europe.