Sir Jim Ratcliffe statement issued after Manchester United FA Cup final win over Man City

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe has praised the Manchester United first-team after their FA Cup final win over Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.

United were 2-1 winners at Wembley thanks to goals from Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo, helping to secure Erik ten Hag a second piece of silverware in as many seasons as manager of the club.

Much of the talk before kick-off had centred around the future of the Dutchman, who is expected to leave the club despite getting the better of City, though he will be exiting on the back of a memorable victory if he is to depart in the coming days.

Ratcliffe's dramatic overhaul at United since acquiring a 27.7% stake in the club is set to continue with Ten Hag leaving, though the INEOS chief refused to comment on the position of the United boss when asked personally if the 54-year-old would be staying.

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Ratcliffe, instead, had the following message after Saturday's success in the capital: "It is a glorious feeling to win the FA Cup final at Wembley.

"Manchester United were clearly not the favourites to win today but they played with total commitment and skill and overcame one of the great teams in football. We are all very proud of the players and the staff who work tirelessly to support them."

Ten Hag remained defiant when asked for his own take on his future, responding: "If they don't want me any more, I go somewhere else and win trophies, that's what I've done my whole career.

"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."