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Erik ten Hag details ironic Man United problem ahead of FA Cup final vs Manchester City



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Erik ten Hag has detailed an ironic problem Manchester United have ahead of their FA Cup final against Manchester City next weekend.

Manchester United signed off their 2023/24 Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over Brighton on the final day of the domestic league season.

Second-half goals from Diogo Dalot and Rasmus Højlund made sure Erik ten Hag‘s men signed off on somewhat of a high note at the Amex Stadium, although results elsewhere confirmed that the club have finished eighth in the league table – their worst ever in the competition.

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United have a trip to Wembley to prepare for next weekend as they face Manchester City in the FA Cup final. City recently secured their fourth league title in a row, and Ten Hag’s men will be looking to upset their party.

Speaking after the game, Ten Hag explained that he feels he has a “luxury problem” ahead of the final with multiple players, such as Lisandro Martínez and Raphaël Varane, returning from injury ahead of the clash.

The manager, the coaching team has a luxury problem, which is good,” Ten Hag said to reporters after the win over Brighton. “Not a dilemma. It’s a luxury problem, huh?”

It is a little ironic that Ten Hag has labelled it a luxury problem, considering the lack of luxurious performances United fans have seen from their players this summer. However, the injury returns ahead of the final are a huge boost.

Speaking further, Ten Hag then refused to confirm if he is planning to stick with the 4-2-2-2 or return to a 4-2-3-1 with Højlund up front for the final.

“I think both formations can be a success because, as you know, we can play the set-up in the Etihad where we were a threat, I think, with movement in behind. 

“But with Rasmus Hojlund in this form, it’s absolutely a consideration and a thought for us to consider. Let’s have the thought. I also want to say that you need not only 11 players in a final, a tough final, but a bench as well.”