Erik ten Hag explains how Man Utd can exploit Liverpool in FA Cup | Football

Erik ten Hag says Man Utd will target spaces in Liverpool’s defence (Picture: Getty)

Erik ten Hag has pinpointed exactly where his Manchester United team can ‘exploit’ Liverpool in their FA Cup quarter-final clash on Sunday.

Liverpool head into the match as favourites having already tasted glory in the Carabao Cup this term while they are also locked in a tense top-flight title race.

United, meanwhile, have endured a more difficult campaign, finishing bottom of their Champions League group and sitting sixth in the Premier League table – 17 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s men – with a job to do to even make the top four.

For now, though, United and Liverpool are focused on their FA Cup showdown and Ten Hag has explained how his side can beat the Reds at Old Trafford.

‘We will go and be brave and go forward where it’s possible,’ Ten Hag told a press conference on Friday.

‘Also, we know, when there’s space in the back of their defending line, we can exploit it.

‘But we have to get to that point, to outplay them, to get the balls there, and that demands a good strategy in the key moments of football.

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Erik ten Hag’s side head into the clash as underdogs (Picture: Getty)

‘Some games are bigger than others, that’s definitely [true]. I think Manchester United v Liverpool is always a big game, but especially when it’s the quarter-final of the FA Cup.

‘We’re really looking forward to it. It’s a special game, absolutely. [Liverpool] are very consistent, and they perform very well, they got the results.

‘Especially, I would say, around Christmas to January, February. They played very good football [and had] very good performances and very good results.’

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