Sancho cheekily digs out Man Utd team-mate with post-match jibe as Ten Hag pens open letter to fans
Man Utd winger Jadon Sancho had a cheeky dig at Man Utd team-mate Bruno Fernandes over his selfishness late on in the Carabao Cup final.
The Red Devils emerged from Wembley victorious on Sunday with Erik ten Hag having something to show for his brilliant start to life at Old Trafford.
Goals from Casemiro and Marcus Rashford secured a 2-0 victory in London with Man Utd winning their first trophy since 2017.
Fernandes missed an opportunity late on to make it 3-0 with Scott McTominay and Sancho both available for square passes.
Sancho was available in space for an early pass but Fernandes chose to take the ball towards the area, chop inside to beat Joe Willock before having his effort saved by Loris Karius.
England international Sancho was visibly annoyed but the pair joked after the final whistle about the incident with Sancho having a cheeky dig.
“Hey, next time you pass huh,” Sancho – who found himself in charge of a selfie stick at full-time – said to Fernandes. The Portugal international kissed him on the cheek and replied: “Next time, next time!”
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After winning silverware at the first opportunity, Ten Hag chose to pen an open letter to the fans on Monday morning to thank them for their support.
Ten Hag wrote on the club’s official website: “To all Manchester United supporters, I wanted to take the time to address you directly this morning.
“When I arrived at the club, we spoke about the challenge and importance of reuniting this group of players with our amazing fans.
“Believe me, this squad knows exactly how important you are. The bond between the supporters and the team is there for everyone to see and what we experienced together yesterday will only further strengthen that bond.
“The atmosphere generated by those of you at Wembley was incredible. From the first minute until the last you were there with us, driving the team on, supporting and encouraging them to get over the line to bring the trophy back to Manchester.
“For those of you who couldn’t be there, we felt your support before, during and after the game. Know that each and every one of you will always play your part in this team being successful.
“I am proud of my players and staff for their preparation and performances. Yesterday, we saw the required desire, spirit and determination that we must demand of everyone who represents Manchester United.
“We set ourselves high standards every day. At Wembley we met those demands and got the reward of our first trophy together.
“We know the importance of silverware throughout the history of this great club. We are so happy to bring the trophy back to Old Trafford but we are by no means satisfied and we will not stop here.
“Together we have experienced the feeling of what it means to win together for Manchester United. It is truly magnificent and will only make each of us hungrier for more success.
“This group has made great strides in the last few months but there is still a lot more to come. I can assure you that everyone at Carrington will be working constantly because we know that this club and you, our supporters, deserve more great days like this.
“We will go back to work today, with full focus now on preparing to face West Ham in the FA Cup on Wednesday evening.
“There will be no complacency in our desire to return this club back to where we want to be.
“Please know that you are vital to what we want to achieve and take yesterday as proof of what can happen when we are all United together. Thank you for your support and dedication.”
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