Dutch manager Erik ten Hag has insisted that Manchester United have the “perfect chance” to reach the FA Cup final ahead of the second leg of their semi-final against Nottingham Forest on Thursday morning.
The Red Devils won the title was in the 2016-2017 season, when they won the League Cup and Europa League under Jose Mourinho. The team then reached the final of the Europa League for the 2020-2021 season, but lost to Villarreal in the penalty shootout.
“It’s been a long time since Manchester United had the opportunity to play in the final and our goal is to win,” Ten Hag said.
“Now we play Forest in two legs, we focus on the first leg. Don’t think further ahead as it will only distract.
“Everything is up to us. Nottingham is well organised, and Man Utd must do everything to ensure a place in the final,” Ten Hag added.
Ten Hag’ side made light work of Nottingham Forest in the first leg of this semi-final, running out 3-0 winners at the City Ground.
United signed Marcel Sabitzer from Bayern on the last day of the winter transfer window. The 29-year-old will replace long-term injured Christian Eriksen.
But, Sabitzer will not make his debut at Old Trafford on Thursday morning. United is also without Scott McTominay due to injury, while the duo Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho are expected to play.
“This moment I am annoyed and I also told the players: ‘If you want to win trophies, titles, you have to change our mentality, because it’s not possible that you are in a top game making three such big mistakes where you concede.” Ten Hag said.
United have won their last 11 matches at Old Trafford in all competitions, and seven of those have seen the team leading at intermission.