Tom Heaton claims the Manchester United dressing room are hungry to end the club’s current trophy drought after reaching the Carabao Cup final.
Manchester United booked their place in the Carabao Cup final after beating Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils went into the game with a three-goal advantage after winning the first leg 3-0 at the City Ground, so the job was done after two goals in three minutes from Anthony Martial and Fred.
Newcastle, who are sat third in the Premier League, are the only club standing in our way of Carabao Cup glory. Eddie Howe and his players will be desperate for a taste of success – but so will Erik ten Hag and co.
Jose Mourinho was the last Manchester United manager to win a piece of silverware — in 2017 — and Tom Heaton has revealed that the players in the dressing room are aware of the ongoing trophy drought.
“We’re off to Wembley, that was the ambition tonight and we had a good start last week, 3-0 away from home, so coming into tonight, we wanted to go out and win the game with another clean sheet and we’ve done that,” Heaton told MUTV, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“Everyone is looking forward to it. It’s the first marker for us, the first final that comes around in the season and to be back in one of those is fantastic. It’s exactly where we want to be and the aim tonight was to make it to the final.
“We’re all aware of it [the trophy drought] and this football club is based on winning. To do that, you have to be in the final, when it comes around, I appreciate there are a lot of games before that, it will be a tough game, but one we will embrace,
“We have a real good feeling and we want to keep the momentum going.”
Heaton will be happy with his clean sheet on the night after replacing David de Gea in the starting line-up. This decision left a number of fans puzzled across social media because Jack Butland has yet to make his debut for the club, though it may be a suggestion from Ten Hag that he has a preference over who is second choice after losing Martin Dubravka.
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