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Ten Hag says Man Utd ‘must do everything’ to win FA Cup against Man City

AFP – Erik ten Hag said Manchester United must “do everything” to reward the loyalty of the “best fans in the world” by winning the FA Cup following their worst finish to a Premier League season.

Although United won 2-0 at Brighton on Sunday’s final day of the campaign, that was only good enough for eighth place – their worst position at the end of a season since they came 13th under celebrated manager Alex Ferguson in 1990.

Hopes of qualifying for Europe next season now rest on United beating Manchester City in next weekend’s FA Cup final. And the result at Wembley could have a major bearing on whether the Dutchman keeps his job after a traumatic season at Old Trafford.

United will have the added incentive of trying to deny local rivals City another domestic double after Pep Guardiola’s side clinched an unprecedented fourth successive English title on Sunday.

But even if United lift the FA Cup, there is no disguising the pain of a league season in which the 20-time league champions suffered 14 defeats and finished with a negative goal difference. United manager Ten Hag thanked United’s supporters for their backing after late goals from Diogo Dalot and substitute Rasmus Hojlund ensured Roberto De Zerbi’s last match as Brighton boss ended in defeat.

“We have the best fans in the world and I mean this,” said Ten Hag, whose squad has been blighted by injuries this season.

“I have never had this experience when you have a season like us, which is by far not good enough, that the supporters are with us”.

Brighton’s Joao Pedro and Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka vie for the ball at the Amex Stadium, in Brighton and Hove, England. PHOTO: AP
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