Erik ten Hag became the first Manchester United manager since Sir Alex Ferguson to win 12 consecutive home games as his side swept aside Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
Manchester United advanced to the Carabao Cup final with a comfortable 5-0 aggregate win over Nottingham Forest to set up a clash with Newcastle United as both sides eye up some long-overdue silverware.
The Red Devils held a 3-0 advantage heading into the home leg, and after a drab first half, goals from Anthony Martial and Fred ensured that they came away with a win, continuing their fine form since the World Cup, a run of results which has only included one defeat to Premier League leaders Arsenal.
And, with the comfortable victory over Steve Cooper’s side, Manchester United have now won 12 consecutive home matches at Old Trafford for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.
Ten Hag will have the chance to earn silverware in his first season in charge too, though he admits that his side are at a disadvantage thanks to their Europa League participation, which sees them face Barcelona over two legs in the last 32, with the second just 3 days before the final takes place.
“It’s obvious”, he explained when asked about Newcastle having an advantage. It comes as United continue to wade through a packed fixture list, facing Premier League ties with Crystal Palace, Leeds United (twice) and Leicester City along with the two Europa League ties.
He was also quick to point out that his side have yet to actually achieve anything, adding that “It’s not about reaching the final, it’s about winning the final.”
Nonetheless, there is a real belief of progress at Old Trafford under the former Ajax coach even if they end up runners up in the Carabao Cup.