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Manchester United 2-0 Nottingham Forest (5-0 on agg): Closing nothing with out victory – Erik ten Hag

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford
Anthony Martial got here off the bench to open the scoring for Manchester United

Manchester United supervisor Eric ten Hag has advised his gamers that showing at Wembley will imply nothing except they beat Newcastle within the League Cup ultimate on February 26.

Second half targets from Anthony Martial and Fred helped United win 5-0 on mixture over Nottingham Forest at Outdated Trafford.

It confirmed United’s first look in a home ultimate since 2018 and gave them victory away from ending their six-year look forward to the trophy.

The match additionally noticed the return of Jadon Sancho, a £73m deal from Borussia Dortmund in 2021, after a three-month absence and a goalscoring return from Martial’s harm.

‘It is about profitable it’

Ten Hag, who gained the Dutch (KNVB) Cup as soon as as a participant with Twente and twice as a coach throughout his time at Ajax, has led Manchester United to fourth place within the Premier League and they’re nonetheless within the UEFA Cup, Europa League. and the EFL Cup.

He advised BBC Radio 5 Dwell: “It is nice however you get to play in finals to win. It isn’t an achievement to get to the ultimate. We need to win them however first we have now different issues to do. We return to the Premier League and bury this trophy.”

“It is good to get to the ultimate but it surely’s not about attending to the ultimate, it is about profitable it.

“The main target now could be on the Premier League, and it’ll proceed in a few days. It ought to give motivation within the first place, we need to current that trophy to the followers.

“However in the intervening time I am not wanting ahead, we’re centered on different issues, a giant week forward, we have now Crystal Palace after which two video games towards Leeds and it is going to be nice matches, derby matches we’re wanting ahead to.”

His phrases had been echoed by England full-back Luke Shaw, who has returned to the beginning line-up after struggling a latest sickness.

“It is a whole lot of enjoyable however there is not any level in going to the ultimate if we do not win it,” Xu advised Sky Sports activities.

Ten Hag additionally mentioned he couldn’t consider Newcastle with six Premier League and Europa League matches between now and the ultimate as his aspect proceed their bid for fourth place.

Nonetheless, the Dutchman has indicated that Eddie Howe’s aspect have one recreation every week till February and have an eight-day hole from their Premier League conflict with Liverpool at St James’ Park to the ultimate – a rematch of the 1999 FA Cup ultimate – whereas United may have Lower than three full days from the date of the final 32 matches within the European League with Barcelona.

“Newcastle clearly have a bonus, but it surely’s about angle and mentality,” he mentioned. “I’ve handled it earlier than, taking part in a cup recreation after we play in Europe, once I was with Ajax, so I understand how to deal with it.”

Sancho might be again to his greatest

Jadon Sancho Manchester United player
Jadon Sancho got here on as a second-half substitute in his first look since October

Jadon Sancho acquired a sensational reception when he was launched instead within the second half.

The 22-year-old has not appeared since October 22, when Ten Hag selected to provide him a break from the pressures of United’s first-team surroundings, after he found bodily and psychological points he believed wanted to be addressed.

Even after returning after a spell in Holland below the private trainers Ten Hag is aware of, Sancho needed to be affected person ready for his likelihood.

The enthusiastic reception he acquired from the United followers earlier than he was launched to Anthony, and after the ultimate whistle, emphasised how a lot they needed him to do a great job.

A heat embrace with Nottingham Forest supervisor Steve Cooper, who was assembly Sancho nose to nose for the primary time since profitable the Below-17 World Cup with England in 2017, confirmed that good needs prolong far past Outdated Trafford.

“We speak rather a lot but it surely was good to see him,” mentioned Cooper.

Former United assistant supervisor Rene Meulensteen advised BBC Radio 5 Dwell he feels Ten Hag was proper to take his time to convey Sancho again into the fold.

“The most effective factor is to get him out of the road of fireside to clear his head,” he mentioned. “I’m a agency believer that the place the thoughts goes, the remaining will observe.

“Now the membership is extra steady and his group mates can assist him. He can calm himself down and get again to his greatest and the United followers will see what Sancho is all about.”

Ten Hag added: “I believed it was nice that the followers gave him love. I feel he loved being again on the pitch.

“He is been smiling these previous few weeks at Carrington. I hope he can proceed the method and naturally he could make an enormous contribution to the season.”

A particular match forward

Former Scotland striker James McFadden on BBC Radio 5 Dwell: McFadden:

I do know folks have mentioned in recent times that the League Cup is not a giant trophy however for each groups and the progress they’re attempting to make, it is an enormous trophy to have. It emphasizes the message that each managers are attempting to find, the place they need to be.

You must begin someplace, you are not going to win league titles instantly so that they need to get that profitable feeling within the gamers, across the membership, get that good feeling and what’s the easiest way to begin.

I feel the match can be a particular recreation. Two groups that need to go play soccer, they’ve two nice attacking gamers, two actually balanced groups. I make it 50/50.



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