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'Belief is building again'

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Manchester United were at their chaotic best on Sunday.

There has not been a lot to boast about this season but Erik ten Hag side’s form has drastically improved since the turn of the year and the Reds have now ended Liverpool’s dream of a quadruple.

Ten Hag has often received criticism this season for his in-game management, so it’s only right to praise him given his substitutions on Sunday helped turn the momentum of the game in United’s favour.

It was also an example of exactly what the manager is trying to achieve in terms of United’s style of play. Ten Hag envisages his United team to play fast and direct football with no shortage of intensity.

So, why do we witness so many periods where the players drop off? While that is a valid question, the manager deserves credit for finding a way to deal with it against Liverpool.

Alejandro Garnacho was United’s main creative threat. Kobbie Mainoo proved yet again that Ten Hag has a gem on his hands. Scott McTominay was incredibly effective (goal, assist and role in United’s stoppage-time winner). And two of our substitutes - Antony and Amad Diallo - got on the scoresheet.

Both teams went toe-to-toe for the majority of the game but amid all of the chaotic scenes in extra time, United got the perfect ending as Old Trafford erupted following Amad’s 121st-minute winner.

There is a strong sense of confidence after the semi-final draw, but United cannot get ahead of themselves by underestimating Coventry City after their quarter-final victory over Wolves. The tie comes with a fascinating backstory since former United striker Mark Robins is in charge of the Championship side.

Ten Hag is one game away - after a favourable draw - from back-to-back FA Cup finals. Belief is building again.

Dale O'Donnell can be found at Stretty News

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