Erik ten Hag: Manchester United Coach Breaks 3 Records After Winning FA Cup Amid Sack Rumours

Erik ten Hag: Manchester United Coach Breaks 3 Records After Winning FA Cup Amid Sack Rumours

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
May 25, 2024 at 6:36 PM
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  • Erik ten Hag masterminded Man United's 13th FA Cup triumph
  • The Dutchman guided his side to a 2-1 victory against Man City
  • Despite the win, his future with the club still hangs in the balance

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Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, led the Red Devils to a stunning FA Cup victory on Saturday, May 25, as his side defeated neighbours Manchester City in the final.

First-half goals from Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo secured a 2-1 victory for the red side of Manchester at the iconic Wembley Stadium.

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Erik ten Hag smiles while holding the FA Cup trophy after his Manchester United side beat Manchester City in the final. Photo credit: @EmiratesFACup.
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For ten Hag and his team, it was sweet revenge after losing to City by the same scoreline in last season's final.

How ten Hag's United stunned Man City?

City dominated the early exchanges, controlling possession but struggling to penetrate Man United's resolute defence as the Dutchman's team opted to sit in a low block.

In an unexpected twist, the Red Devils struck first through Argentine wonderkid Garnacho. The 19-year-old capitalised on a defensive miscommunication to punish the Premier League champions, per CNN.

Nine minutes after Alejandro's fortuitous goal, Mainoo doubled United's lead following a sweeping move involving Marcus Rashford, Garnacho, and Bruno Fernandes.

Man City intensified their efforts to overturn the game but were continually thwarted by the resolute defence led by Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez.

Although Jeremy Doku managed to score a late goal, United held on to secure their 13th FA Cup title, just one shy of record holders Arsenal.

Erik ten Hag breaks 3 records in FA Cup glory

In addition to clinching success in the oldest competition in football at the expense of Pep Guardiola's juggernaut of a club, ten Hag and his side broke three records.

1. Rodri’s unbeaten run

Manchester United's victory over their local rivals within 90 minutes ended Rodri's impressive unbeaten streak.

The Spanish midfielder, who riled Arsenal's fanbase with his 'mentality' comment after winning the Premier League, had gone 74 games without defeat.

However, according to All Football, United's win in the FA Cup handed Rodri his first loss since February 2023.

2. Man City’s 35-game unbeaten run

Adding insult to injury, Manchester United ended City's invincible streak with their FA Cup final victory.

Before Saturday's match, City had been unbeaten in their last 35 games across all competitions (W29 D6).

This streak was the second-longest by a top-flight club in English football history, only surpassed by Nottingham Forest's 40-game run in 1978.

3. First manager to beat City in a major domestic cup final

Perhaps the most notable record broken by Erik ten Hag was becoming the first manager to defeat Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in a major domestic cup final.

Since Guardiola's arrival in the summer of 2016, he has dominated English football, securing six Premier League titles, two FA Cups, and four Carabao Cups.

However, his undefeated streak in domestic English cup finals ended when his team succumbed to ten Hag's United.

Ten Hag speaks about future at United

Meanwhile, Sports Brief also reported that Erik ten Hag admitted to being uncertain about his future at Old Trafford despite a historic FA Cup win over Manchester City.

On Friday, reports surfaced suggesting ten Hag could be sacked regardless of the final's outcome.

While it remains unclear if the Dutchman's victory has secured him more time at Old Trafford, fan sentiment appears to have shifted in his favour.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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