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Ten Hag Criticizes Manchester United Fans’ Expectations Amid Trophy Drought

Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, has sparked controversy by criticizing the club’s fans for having “no sense of reality” amidst their prolonged 11-year Premier League title drought. The Dutchman’s remarks come ahead of United’s FA Cup final against Manchester City, amid speculations about his future at the club.

With United languishing at their worst-ever Premier League finish in eighth place under Ten Hag’s tenure, the pressure mounts for a significant turnaround. European football next season hinges on the outcome of Saturday’s final at Wembley.

In an interview with Dutch outlet VI, Ten Hag expressed his frustration with the heightened expectations from the fanbase despite the club’s prolonged trophy drought. He emphasized the need for realistic expectations, especially considering the club’s recent struggles.

“Manchester United won the league for the last time in 2013, 11 years ago,” Ten Hag remarked. “But still, they expect us to win every game while competing at the top. This club is not ready for that.”

Highlighting the challenges of managing a club of United’s stature, Ten Hag pointed out the disparity between internal satisfaction and external pressure. Despite making strides in building a competitive team, external criticism persists, undermining the progress made.

“We were supposed to start building something, and we made the first steps last year,” Ten Hag explained. “But then you find out how big this club is and that nobody is ever satisfied.”

The Dutchman’s comments shed light on the complexities of managing a club with such rich history and demanding expectations. As the FA Cup final looms, United fans await with bated breath, hoping for a resurgence and an end to their trophy drought.

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