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Erik ten Hag targets FA Cup trophy to end the season on a high

Erik ten Hag has urged Manchester United to "do everything" to repay their supporters with victory in next week's FA Cup following their worst Premier League finish ever.

The 20-time English champions signed off their 2024/24 season with a 2-0 win at Brighton but finished in eighth place – their lowest final position since coming 13th in the old first division under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1990.

Qualification for Europe next season – and potentially the future of under-fire manager Ten Hag – is now reliant on beating rivals Manchester City in next weekend's Wembley final.

The Dutchman thanked United's supporters for their backing during a difficult period after late goals from Diogo Dalot and substitute Rasmus Hojlund ruined Roberto De Zerbi's final match as Seagulls boss.

"We have the best fans in the world and I mean this," said Ten Hag, whose team have endured an injury-hit season.

"I have never had this experience when you have a season like us, which is by far not good enough, that the supporters are with us.

"They are with us in the bad season and in bad times they are there.

"I think also they know why the bad times are there.

"But we have to pay them back and we have to do everything to give them a trophy next week – but also for the future, we have to perform better."

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