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Erik ten Hag makes blunt admission at Man Utd, but denies FA Cup show was ’embarrassment’

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Manchester United were 3–0 up and heading to the FA Cup final when a late collapse allowed Championship opponents Coventry City to get back into the match, which was ultimately settled on penalties.

Erik ten Hag admits Manchester United were lucky to reach the FA Cup final(Offside via Getty Images)

Erik ten Hag admitted his weak Manchester United players ‘got away with it’ after reaching the FA Cup final on penalties.

United took a 3-0 lead with 20 minutes to go and then survived a VAR call in the final minute of extra time when Coventry had the winning goal disallowed for offside. Ten Hag was in no mood to spare his players his wrath despite his side setting up a repeat of last season’s final against local rivals Manchester City.

“We let each other down several times,” said Ten Hag. “Today we got away with it. We have to improve. We talk about this a lot. First you have to put yourself in a winning position, but then you have to cross the line.

“In these moments we made mistakes and did not live up to our responsibilities. In the last part there was a lack of discipline. We have to keep the ball, keep making passes, go for goal and be strong defensively. It’s about communication and we need to improve that.

“There are mixed feelings in the dressing room. We can be happy with the performance. Reaching the final is huge. I see the mistakes we made, but it is no shame, it is a huge achievement.”

“But we have to win that final. I’m sure we have a good chance of winning it, even though we’re playing against the best team in the world.”

United skipper Bruno Fernandes said: “We have put ourselves in a difficult position. We were in control of the game and could have killed it, but we didn’t. We have to do much better. The level of this club is much higher than what we have done.

“We know we have to do much better in the big leagues. Obviously we want to win the FA Cup, but we know this club is much bigger than that.”