Erik: We need to fight for trophies
Erik ten Hag believes his Manchester United side are in a strong position to add further silverware to our haul come the end of the season, but stressed we must keep fighting to achieve that aim.
The Reds came from behind to earn a 3-1 win against Fulham, in our quarter-final tie at Old Trafford, with our reward for that success being a Wembley date against Brighton & Hove Albion in the semi-final next month.
It was the third time we have earned a comeback win in our last five home games, demonstrating the fighting spirit that Ten Hag’s men have developed to remain in contention on all fronts going into the closing stages of the campaign.
There is scope for the Reds to take on local rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup final if we are to overcome Brighton in the last four – Pep Guardiola's men have been drawn to face Sheffield United in the other semi-final.
But when asked about that prospect of an all-Manchester final in his post-match press conference, following our win over the Cottagers, Ten Hag underlined that he is never looking so far ahead in his approach.
“One thing is important; don’t think too far ahead, go from game to game,” Ten Hag told the ensembled reporters at Old Trafford. “But I think we had a really massive run from Christmas on, I think we play 25 games or so.
“I think two defeats and the rest draws, and especially a lot of wins. You see the progress in the team. This team has a strong character, strong belief, strong determination to win games, and yeah, today was an example of it.
“When you have a difficult period in a game, stay in the game, fight back, and turn the game.
“I never think so far ahead, I am thinking how to develop, getting into the process, make sure you get progress, and go from game to game. We have to win every game.”
Having secured a Carabao Cup title and being in the quarter-finals of the Europa League and semi-finals of the FA Cup, Erik agreed that he is pleased with the position we find ourselves in approaching the final months of the season.
“I think we are in the position we want where to be, we are definitely in the position we want to be, and we battle for it, we deserved it, but trophies will be won in the end of the season,” continued the Dutchman.
“We are in the position to win trophies but we have to fight for it. We need the whole squad because we already played from Christmas on every third, fourth day a game and that will continue until the end of the season.
“But that is what we love, that will give us energy when you can compete for trophies, when you are in the position where you want to be, that gives you also energy.”
NEXT MATCH AT OLD TRAFFORD
While the men’s team go on an international break, United Women will be in action at the Theatre of Dreams next Saturday, 25 March, in a vital Women’s Super League match against West Ham United (kick-off 17:30 GMT).
Tickets are priced at just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. To book your seats and support our push for the WSL title in person, head to manutd.com/tickets.