Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has warned his players that they must concentrate solely on defeating Fulham in the FA Cup before the upcoming international break..
The Reds welcome their Premier League rivals to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon for a quarter-final clash, with United hoping to win another trophy this season. Ten Hag’s men, who have already won the Carabao Cup this season, have a good chance of winning three trophies this season.
United also advanced to the Europa League quarter-finals with a 5-1 aggregate victory over Real Betis. Next month, they will face Sevilla in the last eight.
Ten Hag’s side faced Fulham in the final competitive match before the World Cup in Qatar, and the cup match on Sunday will be the final game before the international break in March. When the Reds return to action next month, the manager has urged his players to ensure they remain in three competitions.
Asked about the Premier League win over Marco Silva’s side in November, the Dutchman told club media: “It’s history, now we have to make it happen for the future as well, and that means all the focus has to be on this game..
It’s a big game right before the international break, but we want to stay in three [competitions], so we have to play our best, prepare the team, and the players must prepare. It will require a significant amount of effort, but we are prepared to do so.
The former Ajax manager also insisted that the FA Cup match against Fulham “closes” a period in the season before United enters the business end of the season next month..
“I think with this game, we close a period, and then it goes to the final stage of the season; therefore, this game is so huge, and we know it,” he added.
The fans are really excited because it’s a big game at Old Trafford on Sunday. I’m sure they’ll be behind us, and we have to give them energy, give them celebrations, and we have to do everything we can to make that happen.”
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