Erik ten Hag is taking the FA Cup 'seriously' despite 'so many injuries' and targeting another trip to Wembley after heartbreak last time… while Roy Keane slams Rasmus Hojlund for poor performances
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Erik ten Hag set his sights on a return to Wembley in the FA Cup after Manchester United held off Wigan Athletic's challenge to reach the fourth round on Monday evening.
Last season's defeated finalists secured an away match to non-league Eastleigh or Newport County with a 2-0 win at the DW Stadium thanks to Diogo Dalot's first-half goal and Bruno Fernandes penalty.
“It is a huge competition that everyone wants to win,” said Ten Hag. 'Every manager wants to win, we take this seriously.
'We have so many injuries and illnesses, but we still show a strong side. We had a good team, so we were previously confident that we had to win this match.
'You never underestimate an opponent, especially not on this side. You know they will fight for their lives because it is the game of their lives. We played the match very well.'
Erik ten Hag set his sights on a return to Wembley in the FA Cup after United defeated Wigan
Diogo Dalot and Bruno Fernandes both scored to see Man United win the match 2-0 on Monday
Manchester United (pictured on Monday evening) were beaten by Man City in the FA Cup final last time out, but are looking for revenge this time
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Ten Hag welcomed £72million summer signing Rasmus Hojlund after illness, but the Dane had a night to forget as he missed a string of chances.
It drew sharp criticism from former United captain Roy Keane, who worked as a pundit for ITV.
“I'd be furious with him,” Keane said. 'They brought their Premier League habits tonight in terms of missed chances, not clinical.
'I want to see that side of United tonight. With the striker he misses his chances, so we can say: “bad luck, oh dear”. Create chances, put them in the back of the net, stop messing around!'
League One side Wigan were also grateful to goalkeeper Sam Tickle for keeping them in the match with some excellent saves.
Manager Shaun Maloney said: “We relied a lot on our goalkeeper. Sam had some brilliant moments and the two centre-backs were brilliant.
'He's a brilliant shot-stopper. When I first walked in, I realized we had something special. It is great for our club to have a goalkeeper in the England Under 21 team. Long may it continue. I think it's okay.
'United are a very good team with the ball. Their attacking players are among the best in the Premier League when they play.”
Manchester City celebrates FA Cup victory over Manchester United (above)
Ten Hag welcomed £72m summer signing for Rasmus Hojlund after illness, but the Dane had a night to forget as he missed a string of chances