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Erik ten Hag warns Inter Milan ‘we’re the only team in the world that can fight Man City’

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Jun 3, 2023
Erik ten Hag warns Inter Milan 'we're the only team in the world that can fight Man City'

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Erik ten Hag has insisted only his Manchester United can manage a fight back against Manchester City.

And that might come as bad news to Inter Milan, who face the Citizens in the Champions League final next week.

Ten Hag's United were defeated in the FA Cup final

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Ten Hag’s United were defeated in the FA Cup finalCredit: Getty
And he's certain Inter won't do any better

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And he’s certain Inter won’t do any betterCredit: Getty

United could not overcome Pep Guardiola’s men in the FA Cup final, who proved too good for the Red Devils.

But while some might have predicted a walkover for City, United were beaten 2-1 with Ilkay Gundogan scoring two fine volleys.

United also had chances to equalise, with Marcus Rashford and Alejando Garnacho both going close to forcing extra time.

And speaking to talkSPORT, Ten Hag has said only his side can match City currently.

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He said: “We saw in the game that we improved. On some days like Liverpool away and City away, we lost our heads.

“Today, we stayed calm, stuck to the plan, we stopped their play, we fought back.

“We are the only team in the world, I think, who are capable of fighting back against City.

“And we have done it twice, so that shows the progress of this team.”

Gundogan scored two excellent volleys to win the FA Cup

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Gundogan scored two excellent volleys to win the FA CupCredit: AFP
City are closing in on the treble

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City are closing in on the treble

Ten Hag was referring to United’s 2-1 win over City in January where Jack Grealish opened the scoring.

Two late goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford saw them claim all three points.

But they couldn’t replicate those heroics on Saturday as City went on to win the FA Cup, the second under Guardiola’s reign.

Gundogan got the scoring underway after an astonishing 12 seconds – the fastest in FA Cup final history.

It was the German’s brilliant volley that shocked United as fans were still finding their seats.

And while Fernandes scored from the penalty spot after a contentious handball decision, City struck again in a remarkably similar fashion.

This time after the second-half whistle, Gundogan was found outside the box from a free-kick.

It was an emotional occasion as Guardiola and Gundogan celebrated post-match

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It was an emotional occasion as Guardiola and Gundogan celebrated post-match

The 32-year-old diverted another volley, though this time with less venom, but it still managed to squirm its way under David de Gea.

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The result means that City are just one game away from claiming a historic treble having also won the Premier League.

They take on Inter Milan in the Champions League final next week in Istanbul and go into the contest as heavy favourites.

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