Manchester United Manager Erik ten Hag Defends FA Cup Semi-final Win Amid Criticism

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has described the reaction to his team’s FA Cup semi-final victory over Coventry City as “embarrassing” and “a disgrace”, asserting that reaching the final is a significant achievement.

United faced widespread criticism after allowing Coventry to claw back from a 3-0 deficit before eventually winning on penalties. The match was marred by controversy, including a late disallowed goal for Coventry due to a marginal offside decision by the video assistant referee (VAR) in extra time.

“Football is about results,” stated Ten Hag. “We made it to the final and deserved it. We lost control for 20 minutes and were very lucky in the end, but we made it to the final. That is a huge achievement.”

Former Premier League striker Chris Sutton and others criticized Ten Hag’s side, with some suggesting there is “no coming back” for the Dutchman. However, Ten Hag defended his team’s performance, highlighting their progression to the FA Cup final for the second consecutive year.

“The reaction from you [the media] was embarrassing,” remarked Ten Hag. “Twice in two years, it is magnificent. For me as manager, four cup finals in four years. The comments are a disgrace.”

Ten Hag also addressed criticism of United winger Antony, who faced backlash for his celebratory gesture after Rasmus Hojlund’s decisive penalty in the shootout. While acknowledging Antony’s reaction, Ten Hag emphasized that the player was provoked and praised the resilience of Coventry.

Additionally, Ten Hag criticized Nottingham Forest for their response to refereeing decisions following their defeat to Everton, urging respect for referees and the integrity of the game.

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