Ten Hag: It's the best a manager can get

Sunday 26 February 2023 19:53

Erik ten Hag was proud of his Manchester United players after an impressive 2-0 win over Newcastle United secured the Carabao Cup, and our first piece of silverware under the boss.

The boss was full of praise and respect for his squad, with the professional performance at Wembley coming on the back of a glorious but taxing night at Old Trafford on Thursday, when Barcelona were knocked out of the Europa League.

This latest fabulous victory was another to savour for the Red Army that descended upon the capital.

See what the manager had to say in his post-match interviews and at his press conference below...

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"It was definitely the right spirit, there is very good spirit in the team. We act as a team and fight for everything. We beat them, it was not always the best football but I think it was effective. What you see is they are really well connected with each other - also they challenge each other and, in moments, they help each other when it's difficult. It's great to see. I think it's the best a manager can get."


"If you take that into account [the Barcelona win three days before], it's a massive perforrmance, that we can deliver this. It tells you we are physically fit, mentally fit. We have to suffer. We have to sacrifice every day to win trophies. It's about glory and honour and, if you want to win something, you have to do it. Otherwise, you don't get it."


"I said before the game - Rapha Varane, Casemiro, David De Gea. They know how to win trophies. You need such lads on the pitch to point the team, coach the team, organise the team. Not only from a tactical perspective but also, especially, the mental perspective. It's so important, the winning attitude. They have to bring it in the dressing room and bring it to the team. In difficult situations, they have to handle it and that's what they did again."


"We invested from the start of the season with the staff. I want to say the staff did an incredibly good job with the players but also the staff and players are together. Also, you see the fans, they stay, and it was really harmonious and the desire is for trophies." 


"It shows something, silverware, that you are on a good pathway, a good direction. It's one cup, it's February, but it shows we are on the right path. This has to be the motivation to continue on this pathway. Be happy for 24 hours but not satisfied."


"You have to celebrate, because it's not business as usual, it's not a common day. We won a trophy and this means something, that's the feeling I get here in the UK. We won something, we have to celebrate that but, after you, have to keep going. The players know we have a big game on Wednesday [against West Ham United in the Emirates FA Cup at Old Trafford]."


"First, we have to win the first one [trophy] and that is what we did today. I think we get a lot of inspiration from this and also more confidence that we can do it. We are still at the start to restore Manchester United back to where we belong, that is winning trophies. This is the first one."