Erik ten Hag hopes to end his trophy drought against Manchester United

Erik ten Hag hopes to end his trophy drought against Manchester United

As Manchester United gets ready for the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, Erik ten Hag says he is determined to end the team's longest trophy drought in 40 years.

Since defeating Ajax in the 2017 Europa League final, the Red Devils have gone without a trophy.

The last time they went six years without winning a trophy was between 1977 and 1983, and United manager Ten Hag wants to restore that winning spirit to the team.

It's the best feeling, he declared.

"I've had the good fortune in my career to take home some trophies, and it's wonderful, especially for the supporters.

"I think the fans here, especially the older ones, have some experience. It's so awesome.

"But now it's too long ago and it was a time when Manchester United didn't win any trophies.

"We are aware of this and will stop at nothing to bring in a trophy. " .

United makes their first trip back to the City Ground since 1999 for the opening match of the two-game series.

While Anthony Martial, Diogo Dalot, and Jadon Sancho aren't present, Casemiro is back from his suspension for the game.

Dean Henderson, a loaned goalkeeper from Manchester United, won't be present for Forest.

Though he was already ineligible to play against his parent club, he is out with an injury.

Forest, who lost to Manchester United in the competition's 1992 final at Wembley, is in good shape going into the game. They have only suffered two losses in their previous 11 games.

The most recent of their six final appearances in a competition they won four times between 1978 and 1990 was that 1992 loss.

The club is very happy to be back on this level, and Forest head coach Steve Cooper said, "We just want to make sure we do ourselves justice.

"We were very upfront with the players about the club's history in this competition even before this round.

"We gave them the background, and even though it happened quite a while ago, I think that's why fans will be so fired up about this tournament and give it a lot of weight. The participants are informed.

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