Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag has said that he is determined to end longest trophy drought in 40 years ahead of EFL Cup Semi-Final against Nottingham Forest.
United’s last silverware came six years ago when Jose Mourinho led his side to victory against Ajax in the Europa League, but since then United have had no luck in bringing a trophy back to Manchester.
Since the 2017 triumph United have only featured in two finals and they lost both, as in 2017 Chelsea beat them to the FA Cup and in 2021 Villareal broke United hearts after penalties in the Europa League final.
The Red Devils are on the brink of the EFL Cup final this season however, as they face Nottingham Forest over two legs in the semi-final beginning with tonight’s first leg at the City Ground.
Erik Ten Hag has recognised the trophy drought of late at United and ahead of the Forest match this week the boss spoke about his determination to get the club back amongst the cup winners.
“I had the luck in my career to win some trophies and it’s magnificent, especially for the fans. It’s so great and I think the fans here have some experience, especially the older ones.
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“But now it is a period Manchester United didn’t win trophies and it is too long ago. We are aware of that fact and we have to do everything to bring a trophy in.”
Forest will be no easy match for United however, as Steve Cooper’s side have now only lost twice in their last 11 games. The manager revealed that his players are all aware of the history Forest have in the Cup and he hopes that they can do themselves justice in the semi-final.
“Even before this round, we have been very clear about the club’s history in this competition to the players.
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— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) January 25, 2023
“We showed them the history, and I know it was a fairly long time ago, but that’s why supporters will get excited about this tournament, why they will put big importance on it. The players are aware.
“We’re really pleased to put the club on this stage again and we just want to make sure we do ourselves justice.”
Manchester United play Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night, with the game kicking off at 20:00pm at the City Ground. The winner of the two-legged affair will play Southampton or Newcastle in the EFL Cup final.
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