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Manchester United stars pledge to do great things

Football
 Bruno Fernandes with other Manchester United players after winning the FA Cup. [AFP]

Manchester United's FA Cup-winning stars have pledged to "achieve great things" in future as boss Erik ten Hag waits to discover if he will be sacked.

Ten Hag went into Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester City rocked by reports that he would be dismissed regardless of the result at Wembley.

United co-owner Jim Ratcliffe and his lieutenants have reportedly sounded out several potential candidates to replace Ten Hag after the club's worst Premier League finish since 1990.

But Ten Hag gave Ratcliffe food for thought as his tactical masterclass inspired a 2-1 victory that foiled City's bid to win successive Premier League and FA Cup doubles.

United lifted the FA Cup for the first time in eight years thanks to goals from teenagers Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo, giving Ten Hag two trophies in his turbulent two-year reign.

Whether that will be enough to earn a stay of execution remains to be seen, with United set to conduct a review of the season before deciding Ten Hag's fate.

United's players demonstrated their support for Ten Hag with their gritty victory over City, before embracing the former Ajax boss warmly during the post-match celebrations.

And on Sunday, the 28-man first team squad published a letter -also signed by Ten Hag -on the club website, admitting this season has "not been good enough" as they aim to build on their unexpected Wembley triumph.

"We all know that this club is special. The game was yet another reminder of that," the letter said.

"As we fought to win the FA Cup, the incredible atmosphere you generated inside Wembley helped push us over the line."

"Celebrating all together was beautiful. Fans, staff, players - all united as one. Those memories will live with us forever."

"It was a further reminder that with your support behind us, and the United badge on our chests, we can achieve great things."

Ratcliffe refused to answer a question on Ten Hag's future when approached on his way out of Wembley on Saturday.

Former Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino, ex-Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel, England coach Gareth Southgate and Ipswich chief Kieran McKenna have all been linked with the United job.

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