The two Manchester United performances giving Erik ten Hag hope for FA Cup final

Erik ten Hag will be looking to win his second match against Man City as Manchester United managerErik ten Hag will be looking to win his second match against Man City as Manchester United manager
Erik ten Hag will be looking to win his second match against Man City as Manchester United manager
Man Utd face Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium this weekend.

Erik ten Hag believes Manchester United's two previous performances against Man City this season should give them hope for the FA Cup final this weekend.

Since he took charge of United, Ten Hag has only won one of his five meetings with City in all competitions, including defeat in the final of the same competition a year ago. Pep Guardiola's side have won both Premier League clashes this season, with a 3-0 win at Old Trafford back in October and 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium in March.

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However, the United manager believes there are positives to take from the previous matches they have played against City, in which he feels the matches were closer than the score line suggests.

Asked if he would need to change his tactics for the final, he told reporters at his pre-match press conference: "I think we were very competitive until a VAR decision at Old Trafford, a tough decision I thought. No one understood, we haven't seen this in the rest of the season, a decision in such a moment in a penalty situation. At Etihad, for 70 minutes we were very good in the game, we had opportunities to score a second goal. We didn't have a bench, that is a big difference. On Saturday we will have a bench, we will have a much stronger side."

It remains to be seen what will happen with Ten Hag beyond the FA Cup final this weekend, with speculation continuing to mount surrounding his future at the club.

When asked whether it was harsh to judge his United side based on their performance against such a formidable City side, he added: "I came here to win trophies, Saturday, the next opportunity we achieve this, we earned this opportunity as a team and now we have to go for it and in the same time in the last two years, of course, after every season you review it and we will see where we are in the project, things we have to change, we spoke lately about it, very good things, players coming up, values coming up and on Saturday we have a big opportunity to win the next trophy."

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