LONDON: Erik ten Hag has vowed that Manchester United will give everything to prevent Manchester City equaling the treble achieved by his club after beating Brighton to set up the final against their closest rivals.
United won 7-6 on penalties at Wembley last night after a goalless draw, with defender Victor Lindelof slotting home the winning penalty.
The win overcame their midweek Europa League disappointment which saw them lose 3-0 at the hands of Sevilla in the quarter-finals and lose 5-2 on aggregate.
However, the team must find more advantages in the FA Cup final scheduled to take place on June 3 if they want to beat City who are chasing the Champions League, English Premier League (EPL) and FA Cup treble.
City are favorites to win all three trophies this season after showing excellent form in recent weeks.
United were on course for a treble before losing in Spain on Thursday but they are still chasing a domestic double after winning the League Cup in February to end a six-year title drought.
United’s manager, Ten Hag clearly praised his team’s ability to show revival.
“First of all we have a physical, strong, strong mentality, so we show the character and personality needed… we are determined to win this match,” he said.
But the Dutchman says his squad will have to learn to change scripts when games get tough – they have lost a handful of games this season including losing 6-3 at City and 7-0 to Liverpool.
“What we have proven is that we can deal with disappointment, we can bounce back between games,” he said. “But now, what we need to improve is to bounce back in tough games, away stadiums – no matter what, we have to show personality.”
United remain the only English club to win the treble completing the feat under former manager Alex Ferguson in 1999.
They prevented Liverpool from winning all three trophies in 1977 by winning the FA Cup in the same year.
Meanwhile, Ten Hag jokingly said he would not reveal the ‘key’ to beating City, who lost 2-1 at Old Trafford in January.
“I won’t tell you,” he said. “I’ll keep it to myself.”