Ten Hag salutes 'one of the world's best football matches' after cup classic between Manchester United and Liverpool
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Ten Hag salutes ‘one of the world’s best football matches’ after cup classic

Erik ten Hag praised the resilience of Manchester United after his team beat Liverpool 4-3 in a FA Cup classic at Old Trafford.

Manchester United progressed into the semi-finals after an enthralling encounter with Liverpool, that saw Amad Diallo score the decisive goal in the 120th minute of the contest.

The Red Devils raced away on the break to score with seconds of extra time remaining, with Alejandro Garnacho teeing up Diallo to slide a finish past Caoimhin Kelleher.

 

Manchester United had twice trailed after taking an early lead through Scott McTominay, falling behind in both normal and extra time. Ten Hag was delighted with the resilience his team demonstrated in a battling display, with the club’s reward a semi-final showdown with Coventry City at Wembley.

“When it’s Manchester United against Liverpool, it’s one of the world’s best football matches,” Ten Hag told BBC Match of the Day.

:It is historical. I thought first 35 minutes were the best I have seen from my team this season. We dropped off the level after that. You could see Liverpool were a very good team. We believed in our style and took our chances.

“Rashford had his moments, I thought he was very good. Today he misses but he is always there which is good. It inspired the rest of the team to keep going. He gave the example to keep going and believe.

“The team showed resilience and determination to win this game. We’ve had so many set backs. We are very strong mentally. We energised the fans, they got behind us and we won.

“We know he is capable of key moments by scoring goals and final passes.

“it doesn’t matter who is the opponent. You have to play your best. Yesterday we saw Coventry are a very strong side. They played fantastic football and we have to play our best if we want to be in the final.

 

“We are still fighting. For a long time in the season, we are far behind that level but we are putting pressure on Spurs and Villa. Every game is a final and we lost one final against Fulham. Our goal is the Champions League and silverware.”

Read – Rashford revels in ‘historic’ Man United win over Liverpool

See more – Amad reflects on ‘dream come true’ Liverpool winner

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