Ten Hag: We want to show everyone

Saturday 16 March 2024 09:39

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says his team have the capabilities to perform at a high level against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Roared on by our raucous home fans, United will look to progress to the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup for the second successive season, and Erik is looking forward to the challenge.

We drew 0-0 at Anfield earlier this term and, with the reverse Premier League fixture against Jurgen Klopp's team - again at Old Trafford - set for just three weeks' time, the boss sees Sunday as an opportunity to prove to everyone that his side can overcome the Merseysiders and reach the last four.

In his extended Q&A with club media, Erik laid out his ambitions.

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"We're really looking forward to that game," he said.

"There are always huge fixtures [between] Manchester United [and] Liverpool and the players, they want to play such games because they get challenged.

"We know that it's a strong side, but yeah, as I say, the challenge is there and we want to play our football. We want to show that we can beat them.

"We want to show everyone we can play on the high levels, and we know we have to do that in togetherness."

United defeated Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford in the Premier League last season and, while Ten Hag appreciates the impact our home supporters can have at M16, and the ferocious atmosphere at the Theatre of Dreams that day, he reiterates that the objective on Sunday is to win at all costs.

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"I hope we can get the same atmosphere," he said.

"That would be a fantastic help.

"But by the end of the day, it doesn't matter what the atmosphere is, [it's about] how the game will go. If we play bad or we play good, we have to win. It's about this."