Erik ten Hag says Manchester United should not ready to underestimate any opponent as his stumbling facet look to maintain their hopes of silverware alive in Sunday’s FA Cup conflict at Newport.
This has been a difficult second season within the hotseat for the Dutchman, whose facet languish eighth within the Premier League and have been eradicated from European competitors earlier than Christmas.
United’s Carabao Cup defence can be lengthy since over, that means the FA Cup takes on additional significance as their solely potential path to a trophy in a disappointing marketing campaign.
“It is the truth,” Ten Hag mentioned. “But it is true that the league, of course, (offers) qualification for the Champions League.
“But the FA Cup probably is, it’s fact, the last opportunity for a trophy, so we would go for it.”
FA Cup glory can be a welcome shot within the arm for a membership that’s making ready to undergo an enormous transition underneath Ineos, who’re set to take management of soccer operations subsequent month.
Incoming minority proprietor Sir Jim Ratcliffe has a bloody-minded give attention to enhancements throughout the board and this competitors may present the platform for under-scrutiny Ten Hag to impress.
United have a kind-looking fourth-round task at Newport, however there isn’t a probability of complacency seeping in towards the mid-table League Two outfit.
“Also in the Netherlands we have a cup and also we also play against lower-class teams,” Ten Hag mentioned of Sunday’s journey to South Wales.
“I know always when you go as a big club to a lower class team, how it will be and how you have to approach that.
“Definitely us, we are definitely not in a position to underestimate any opponent, so we will not do.”
By “lower class” Ten Hag appears to imply decrease league, with Newport the bottom ranked facet he has confronted in any competitors since taking cost at Old Trafford.
It can be a uncommon away day after the third-round journey to League One outfit Wigan earlier this month ended a run of house attracts in home cups that stretched all through his whole reign.
Rodney Parade is far completely different to the DW Stadium, a former Premier League floor, however Ten Hag is assured his gamers will cope.
That contains summer season signing Altay Bayindir, who he confirmed will lastly make his United debut between the sticks at Newport.
“You have been in Fenerbahce?” Ten Hag mentioned when requested if he has any ideas about selecting the 25-year-old Turkey worldwide given the particular challenges of such a tie.
“The pressure is also in Turkey, that is big pressure always, also for the national team, so he knows how to deal with that.”
Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro are in rivalry for Sunday’s recreation, however Marcus Rashford and Jonny Evans are doubts having reported in poor health on Friday.
Andre Onana and Sofyan Amrabat stay on the Africa Cup of Nations, whereas Mason Mount, Anthony Martial, Tyrell Malacia and Victor Lindelof are sidelined.