Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, stated his team is “broken” and “disappointed” following their FA Cup final loss to fierce rivals Manchester City, but he is proud of his players.
Ilkay Gundogan, the captain of City, scored the FA Cup final’s quickest goal with just 12 seconds remaining at Wembley.
From the penalty spot, Bruno Fernandes pulled the score even, but Gundogan scored again early in the second half to make it 2-1.
Ten Hag told the BBC, “We are sad, upset obviously, but I said I am proud of my team.
Although we gave up two soft goals, we still managed to stay in the game. A tremendous spirit was present.
“This team demonstrated resiliency, character, and personality,” he continued. We are aware that we still have a ways to go, but this will help. We put ourselves to the test, and while we failed, we can learn a lot for the future.
Despite the loss, United captain Fernandes said that the team had made “big steps for next season”.
In Ten Hag’s first season in charge, the Red Devils ended their six-year trophy drought in February by defeating Newcastle in the League Cup final and finished third in the Premier League.
However, they came in second to Premier League winners City in the bright London weather as they continued their quest for a treble.
Everyone is depressed, and things are quite challenging, added Fernandes. It wasn’t feasible to conclude the season the way we had hoped.
“For the upcoming season, we’ve taken huge steps. Overall, the season wasn’t a success, but it was still a nice one. We must return the next year and strive to take home greater awards.
The midfielder from Portugal said that United’s supporters deserved more.
He stated, “Our supporters have been fantastic all season, and they deserved a different outcome tonight.
“We regret that we were unable to bring the fans the happiness they so well deserve.
“We appreciate all they’ve done for us this season. I swear, we’ll return and try again the following year.