Erik ten Hag has dismissed talks Manchester United are in to stop Manchester City from winning the treble ahead of Saturday afternoon’s FA Cup final.
According to him, his side is hoping to do the domestic double having already secured the Carabao Cup earlier in February when they defeated Newcastle United.
United could thwart City’s chances of matching their 1999 treble haul by defeating them in tomorrow’s FA Cup final at Wembley. However, Ten Hag, who ended United’s six-year trophy drought earlier this season with a Carabao Cup final triumph, acknowledged it is not their main source of motivation.
“We want to win a cup,” said Ten Hag. “It’s not about stopping them, it’s about that we have a great opportunity to win the cup. I think City have done a very good job, they play very good football, so they deserve it.
“But I don’t look – of course I look at our opponents – but we look to ourselves and you have to see where you are as a club and from there on you have to make progress and I think we did over the last season.
“We made very good progress, we’re in a good direction and we have our opportunity in the summer to make new targets, new goals, over the shorter term, but over the longer term, they will stay the same.
“As I said last year, we want to restore Manchester United, but we still have a way to go.”
The Red Devils are second-favourites for the trophy considering City’s form heading into the game.