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Erik ten Hag makes "older fans" admission when answering Man Utd trophy question

Erik ten Hag makes "older fans" admission when answering Man Utd trophy question

United face Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag insists it is too long since the club won a trophy, admitting only "older fans" have the experience of sustained success.

United have not won a major piece of silverware since the 2016-17 season, when they claimed both the Europa League and Carabao Cup under Jose Mourinho.

It is now a decade since United last won the Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson in the 2012-13 season.

United have a good chance of ending their trophy drought this season, with the Red Devils still in contention in four competitions.

They next face Nottingham Forest away from home in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday, with the return fixture at Old Trafford taking place on February 1.

Unlike United, Ten Hag is no stranger to trophy success in recent years – having won back-to-back Eredivisie titles with Ajax prior to his appointment as Red Devils boss.

In total, he won the Dutch title with Ajax three times, and also won the KNVB Cup twice during his time in Amsterdam.

Ten Hag: Man Utd trophy wait 'too long'

"It was the best feeling what you can have, winning a trophy," Ten Hag said on Tuesday

"I had the luck in my career to win some trophies and it was magnificent, especially for the fans. It's so great.

"The fans here, they have some experience, especially the older fans. And now it's a period when Manchester United didn't win any trophies and it's too long ago, so we are aware of that fact.

"We have to do everything to bring a trophy in."

United head into their Carabao Cup clash with Nottingham Forest as strong favourites and Ten Hag is determined to make it through to a major final in his first season at Old Trafford, with either Newcastle or Southampton their opponents at Wembley.

"It's about that, it's about winning trophies," Ten Hag added.

"We have a good opportunity but we have to go from game to game. So now we play Forest, two legs, so focus on the first leg and don't think further ahead because that will distract.

"So the aim for tomorrow is to win that game."

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Topics: Manchester United, Football, Erik Ten Hag, Premier League, Carabao Cup, Nottingham Forest