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The Old Trafford Tour of Honor will not be a Man Utd farewell

Manchester United’s players will have a “tour of honour” on Wednesday night, with some saying goodbye to their home fans for the last time, although Erik ten Hag insists it will not be a farewell gesture from himself.

Regardless of whether defeat at Newcastle United will send United to a tenth defeat at Old Trafford this season, the Ten Hag and his players will walk onto the pitch after the final whistle to show their appreciation to the supporters who have been through the mill over the past nine months. .

Raphaël Varane has confirmed he is leaving United this summer and Anthony Martial is also among those out of contract, so it will be their last chance to greet their home fans, even if neither will play.

For Ten Hag, his position has come under scrutiny after a torrid second season, but the Dutchman has no intention of using the tour as a farewell. “Goodbye for me? It’s not the way I see it. It’s not the way I go to start a lap of honor for the fans,” he said.

“We’re going to do it. Of course. Through good times and bad times we’re together and the fans show we’re together. So we’re going to do a lap of honor.”

There were times when United fans were the only ones to turn up with credit, with the defeat at Crystal Palace a case in point. They stayed until the end and sang despite the 4-0 defeat at Selhurst Park.

“The fans always support the team and support me”

Ten Hag has revealed that he receives positive feedback from fans when he meets them in public, which he believes is key to the club’s need to rebuild under their new co-owners Ineos. The big question beyond this season is whether Ten Hag will be part of the plans.

“In the stadium, away and at home, they always support the team and support me. Also, when I’m on the street, many people come up to me – maybe it’s just polite, but I don’t feel it,” he said.

“I almost never get a negative reaction because the fans understand where we are. The fans understand that this club is in transition and the supporters understand the huge problems we’ve had to deal with and especially the positions in key areas.”

Some might also understand the long list of injuries that Ten Hag has had to contend with. At last count, there were 11 first-team players injured, although Lisandro Martínez returns, giving the team a huge lift ahead of the FA Cup final a week on Saturday.

“The players are desperate to play, they want to be fit”

Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford are pushing to be fit to face Newcastle, with the Ten Hag dismissing Wayne Rooney’s suggestion that some current United players are hiding behind injuries and could actually play.

“I think you have to see here in Carrington that the players are desperate to play,” Ten Hag said. “I see Licha Martínez, I see Bruno – he did a fitness test on Sunday to play. Rashford did his best. He trained and tried to train last week but failed.

“The players are desperate to play, they want to be fit. You also see Victor Lindelof and Raphaël Varane, training to get ready for the final. They do what they can do.”

While Varane is currently sidelined, he could return on Sunday against Brighton or in the FA Cup final. “Despite the fact that I had a difficult season, I am very positive for the future. The new owners come with a clear plan and a great strategy,” he said, announcing his departure. “See you at Old Trafford to say goodbye to the last home game of the season. It’s going to be a very emotional day for me, for sure.”