Erik ten Hag’s four-word verdict on Carabao Cup win speaks volumes

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Erik ten Hag has insisted that Manchester United need to ‘get back to work’ after winning the Carabao Cup as they prepare to face West Ham for a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday. The Red Devils managed to end their six-year wait for a major trophy on Sunday by beating Newcastle thanks to first-half goals from Casemiro and Marcus Rashford, with the outcome at Wembley highlighting the impressive progress made since Ten Hag’s arrival last summer.

United’s players basked in their glory on the Wembley turf after the final whistle, while Ten Hag was seen dancing on the touchline as he celebrated his achievement in bringing silverware back to Old Trafford for the first time since 2017. However, he insisted in Tuesday’s press conference that he and his squad quicky brought themselves back down to earth as they look to ward off the threat of complacency in the aftermath of their latest triumph.

“No, nothing beyond,” said Ten Hag when asked if United enjoyed any extra celebrations after Sunday’s win before sending a four-word message to his players by adding: “Get back to work!

“Of course, yesterday the players were still enthusiastic and they had to celebrate this momentum but yesterday after we settled down, we get back to work and did what we had to do, which was recovery. The ones who played less did a good training session.

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“It was not my perspective from the celebrations. Everyone was involved, we did it collectively. It was the performance of the whole team, the whole squad.”

Ten Hag went on to explain why he was not overly concerned with United’s poor form at the start of the season, with the Red Devils now firing on all cylinders under the guidance of their Dutch manager after taking the time to adapt to his methods over the last few months.

“I know from experience from previous jobs it takes time before you get into a way of playing before you get into the rules and the principles, you get routines into a team and time is not always going with the right results,” said Ten Hag.

“So when the right results weren’t there at the start of the season I didn’t panic because I knew it was part of the process. You find out, you learn a lot in those weeks, when you lose it’s not nice, you hate to lose, but you also get some good lessons and you get a view of what are the opportunities, what are the deficits and you can work on that and the way you play.”

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