Ten Hag sets new domestic cups record
Manchester United's weekend win over Reading made it six straight domestic cup victories in a row for Erik ten Hag, since taking charge of the Reds.
We can confirm this is a new record for the club and is testament to just how determined the Dutchman is to lift some silverware this season, with the team 3-0 up on Nottingham Forest heading into Wednesday's Carabao Cup semi-final second leg and eagerly awaiting our next obstacle in the Emirates FA Cup fifth-round draw tonight (Monday).
United have had some of the greatest managers in the game but none of them started their domestic cup programmes as well as Ten Hag has managed in 2022/23.
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Erik's team have been flawless, so far, in the two competitions. Progress has been maintained in the Carabao Cup, after wins against Aston Villa, Burnley and Charlton Athletic, all at Old Trafford. The superb 3-0 triumph at The City Ground against Forest last week puts us in a strong position to reach next month's Wembley final.
The 3-1 defeat of Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday night followed the victory over Everton in the previous round, by the same scoreline.
So how does this compare to our other managers?
Well, Jose Mourinho held the record after enjoying a five-game winning streak. The Portuguese boss oversaw what turned out to be a successful League Cup run in 2016/17 but a second-leg semi-final defeat at Hull City did end the sequence, even if we still progressed, 3-2 on aggregate, to meet Southampton in the final. There is also a home win over Reading in the FA Cup to add to the record in this period.
Northampton Town, Manchester City, West Ham United and, in the first leg, Hull, were the sides beaten.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mustered three successive victories, over Reading (again!), Arsenal and Chelsea in the 2018/19 FA Cup, only to be knocked out by Wolves, following a 2-1 defeat at Molineux.
David Moyes began the League Cup well with the Reds, eliminating Liverpool, Norwich City and Stoke City, but his team fell at the first hurdle in the FA Cup when on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline to Swansea City in early 2014.
Sir Alex Ferguson got past neighbours City in the FA Cup third round in 1987, with a Norman Whiteside goal, but his team were then knocked out by Coventry City later that January.
Louis van Gaal (Milton Keynes Dons), Ron Atkinson (Tottenham), Dave Sexton (Arsenal) and Tommy Docherty (Wolves) all lost their first domestic cup ties at the helm.
Wilf McGuinness managed two wins and Frank O'Farrell one.
Going back further, the legendary Sir Matt Busby drew his first FA Cup tie - 2-2 with Accrington Stanley at Peel Park and there was not a great deal of early success in the competition for the United managers of a bygone era. Ernest Mangnall drew his first three cup games, with Birmingham City, before progressing in a third replay.
Jimmy Murphy temporarily took over the reins after the Munich Air Disaster and, while ultimately guiding the depleted side to the final, his second FA Cup outing was a 2-2 draw with West Brom at The Hawthorns.
All this means Erik currently has the best streak, and the Reds will be looking to extend this 100 per cent record further in Wednesday's semi-final second leg with Forest.
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Most successive domestic cup wins since taking charge of Manchester United:
6: Erik ten Hag
5: Jose Mourinho
3: David Moyes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer