Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag has decided to take a realistic approach to the fans’ demand of winning the Quadruple this season.
After clinching the EFL Cup this past weekend, Manchester United ended their trophy drought of six long years and fans’ have termed this resurrection as ‘United are well and truly back!’
Even in such developmental change, manager Erik Ten Hag claimed that the Quadruple talks are only “for fans” in his press conference ahead of his team’s FA Cup clash against West Ham.
According to a report from ESPN, The Dutch manager downplayed such ambitions and emphasised on their upcoming fixture. He said:
"“That is for fans,”“We have to focus on the next game and that is the only thing we are doing.“Us, we are talking for 10 minutes and I didn’t hear the words West Ham United. I think it was the press conference for West Ham United so it’s only about this we have to talk about.“We don’t have to talk about trophies. We have to talk about West Ham United, that is the game tomorrow.”"
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United are the favourites to reach the FA Cup final for this season and that could see them face a stringent fixture of 65 games this term. Ten Hag sees optimistically sees this as an opportunity rather than a burden as the prospect of winning trophies is always welcoming.
"“In my experience in Ajax, when we dropped out of Europe the levels went down and when you are in it gives energy,” said Ten Hag.“Until now, we have managed it [the schedule] quite well and I think we can do it also until the end of the season. Except Anthony Martial, the availability from all the players is there.”"
He ended his chat with the journalists by ruling out striker Anthony Martial for the West Ham clash but pointed out the necessary depth he will bring when he’s back from injury.
"“When he is available then we have an extra option and a good option so give him time. When he’s back we’ll be happy because we will have a quality extra option, hopefully for the rest of the season.”"