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Erik ten Hag slams ’embarrassing’ media response to FA Cup semi-final win


Erik ten Hag has torn into the “disgraceful” media response to Manchester United’s FA Cup semi-final win over Coventry Metropolis at Wembley.

The Pink Devils have been 3-0 up and cruising in the direction of a spot within the ultimate, just for Championship play-off hopefuls Coventry to hit again in sensational fashion to degree the sport at 3-3. The Sky Blues even had the ball behind United’s web for a fourth time as extra-time drew to shut, just for VAR to disallow Victor Torp’s effort for the tightest of offsides.

United finally prevailed on penalties, however the majority of their gamers celebrated in a subdued method and as an alternative congratulated Coventry for his or her valiant efforts.

A lot of the post-game discourse has been about United‘s calamitous exhibiting within the ultimate 20 minutes of the sport, and Ten Hag was clearly fuming about how his aspect have been portrayed within the media when he spoke in his newest press convention.

“No. Completely not,” Ten Hag replied when requested if he may perceive the response.

“You requested the query: ‘is it embarrassing?’ No, the response from you was embarrassing. It’s the feedback. Prime soccer is about outcomes, we made it to a ultimate and we deserved it not solely by this recreation but in addition the opposite video games.

“We misplaced management for 20 minutes, we additionally had unhealthy luck, 3-2, 3-3. We have been very fortunate in the long run, it’s clear. Penalties was superb and we made it to the ultimate, it’s a big achievement. Twice, in two years, is magnificent. For me as a supervisor, 4 cup finals in 4 years.

“The feedback are a shame.”

Erik ten Hag (centre of the picture) looks on Man Utd's penalty shootout against Coventry at Wembley

Erik ten Hag appears to be like on in the course of the penalty shootout at Wembley / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Ten Hag went on to acknowledge that Antony, who has been criticised for deliberately goading Coventry’s gamers, had reacted to profitable in an inappropriate method, however was fast to level to the instance set by former Manchester United captain Harry Maguire.

“He [Antony] was [provoked] and mustn’t react like this. You haven’t seen the provocation, solely the response, however he mustn’t do it.

“I’ve additionally seen Harry Maguire. We must always acknowledge the efficiency of Coventry, coming again at 70 minutes once we dominated the sport. The sport have to be closed, however the return from their aspect was superb.”

Hypothesis is rife over whether or not Ten Hag will nonetheless be in command of United subsequent season, given they’ve missed out on qualifying for subsequent season’s Champions League. Outgoing Bayern Munich supervisor Thomas Tuchel is the newest high-profile supervisor to have been linked, however new minority homeowners INEOS are evaluating all of their choices as they restructure the working of soccer operations.