MANCHESTER, United Kingdom: Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag said winning a trophy was a necessary step at Old Trafford after the team beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 earlier this morning then won 5-0 on aggregate to reach the League Cup final.
Anthony Martial and Fred scored for Ten Hag’s side in the final 17 minutes of the semi-final with United facing Newcastle at Wembley on February 26.
Three managers have left the club since United last won a trophy under Jose Mourinho in 2017.
But Ten Hag is now just one game short of ending the drought in his first season at the club.
“I think we have a good squad, so we want to maintain a high standard,” said the Dutch manager. “You have to bring it in every game.
“We are Manchester United. When you are a United player, you have to live up to that standard.”
The advantage collected by the Red Devils when they won 3-0 at the City Ground in the first round when Ten Hag could rotate the squad since United are still involved in four tournaments.
He made six changes from the squad that beat Reading 3-1 in the fourth round of the FA Cup last Saturday with Marcus Rashford among those rested on the bench.
Wout Weghorst came close to breaking the deadlock before the break when the Dutchman’s header went wide but the game opened up more after Ten Hag made a change after an hour.
“We have a lot to do this season, so far I hope everyone can play,” said Ten Hag.
“If you want to win trophies, you need all of them to perform. You saw tonight that we can bring a new dynamic from the bench.”