Erik ten Hag hopes Liverpool win is Man United's 'moment'

Erik ten Hag Eyes Liverpool Victory as Manchester United’s Defining Moment

Rob Dawson, a correspondent, shared his insights on March 17, 2024, at 03:58 PM ET.

Erik ten Hag has called on Manchester United to use their exhilarating FA Cup victory over Liverpool as a turning point for their season. In a dramatic turn of events, substitute Amad Diallo netted the decisive goal in the 121st minute, clinching a 4-3 win after extra time. This triumph has propelled United into a semifinal clash with Coventry, an EFL Championship team, scheduled to take place at Wembley next month.

The team, despite a season filled with ups and downs, still has a shot at finishing with a trophy and securing a spot in the Champions League. “This could be the moment,” expressed Ten Hag following the victory. He emphasized the team’s newfound belief and vigor, capable of propelling them to remarkable feats. “When you beat Liverpool, you’re capable of overcoming any team,” he added.

Amidst speculation about his future at the club, especially with the arrival of new co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Ten Hag believes the team’s performance against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool underscores his suitability for the managerial role. He praised the team’s initial 35 minutes of play, highlighting the bright future and potential that lies ahead. Consistency, he noted, is key to unlocking this potential, along with the great character and determination the team consistently demonstrates.

“This season has been a rollercoaster with numerous challenges, requiring us to constantly adapt,” Ten Hag remarked. He also took a moment to celebrate Amad, the match’s hero, whose celebration led to a red card due to a second booking for shirt removal. Despite playing only 88 minutes this season and facing rumors of a loan move in January, Amad’s late introduction and goal against Liverpool underscored his significant, yet often underappreciated, impact.

“I am thrilled for him,” Ten Hag commented on Amad’s performance. He acknowledged the tough competition within the squad that limits Amad’s playing time but was pleased to see him seize the opportunity to make a difference. “His goal-scoring ability is something we’re aware of, and I’m delighted he showcased it,” Ten Hag concluded.