Erik ten Hag reminds Manchester United fans of FA Cup final task vs “best team in the world” Man City: “It’s not going to be easy”

Beating Manchester City in FA Cup final will be hard, but not impossible, says United boss Erik ten Hag

Erik ten Hag believes beating Man City is ultimately possible following his side’s semi-final victory over Coventry City on Sunday.

United’s semi-final affair last night saw them take a 3-0 lead by the 58th-minute before the Championship side came roaring back into the tie to take the game into extra time, almost missing out on a historic comeback due to the slimmest of offside calls. The ensuing penalty shootout saw United snatch the victory to set up an FA Cup final rematch against Man City next month.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Ten Hag insisted his side could beat the Cityzens despite acknowledging they were the best side in the world.

Beating Manchester City in FA Cup final will be hard, but not impossible, says United boss Erik ten Hag(Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Haji Wright scored a 95th-minute penalty to bring Coventry level and take the game to extra-time. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“We have to face the best team in the world but we showed last season that if we execute our plan over 90 minutes we have a chance to win.

“It’s not going to be easy but we have an opportunity and we have to go for it.”

An unnecessary reminder on the back of an unconvincing performance

Ten Hag does not need to remind anyone of the chasm that lies between his side and Man City, especially after his side’s performance on Sunday.

Beating Manchester City in FA Cup final will be hard, but not impossible, says United boss Erik ten Hag.
Scott McTominay (23′), Harry Maguire (45+1′), and Bruno Fernandes (58′) were United’s regular-time goal-scorers on Sunday. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

An almost undeserving victory against Coventry has left United fans worrying about the final month of the season.

With their hopes for Champions League next season all but extinguished, a shot at silverware as consolation is all that remains for the Red Devils at the end of a disappointing season.

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For now, however, the Old Trafford faithful will only hope that, when the two sides reconvene at Wembley next season, United go down at least with a fight.