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Erik ten Hag praises veterans as Bruno clamors for more silverware

Watch all the goals from Matchweek 25 of the 2022-23 Premier League season.

Manchester United has its first trophy under Erik ten Hag.

And now it wants more.

Bruno Fernandes admitted the club is hungry to achieve bigger things, to become serial silverware hunters. He says the 2023 League Cup title over Newcastle United, won 2-0 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, is brilliant but needs to be just the first step.

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“We’ve been searching for this moment, us, the fans, the club, we are together and finally we get our trophy and I think deservedly,” Fernandes said, via The Manchester Evening News.

“It’s been an amazing period, obviously. This is the first trophy of the season but we want more. It’s not enough for this club, we want more and we need more because our standards demand more. Obviously, as I said, for me it was about winning trophies and finally we did it. I am satisfied now because I finally get my trophy, but I want more.”

Bruno won three cups with Sporting Lisbon and claimed the 2018-19 Nations League crown with Portugal, and there are a lot of Manchester United players who silverware prior to Sunday.

Erik ten Hag reaction: Casemiro, De Gea, Varane invaluable

None more than former Real Madrid duo Raphael Varane and Casemiro.

Both were very good on Sunday at Wembley, never betraying their resumes by showing a lack of enthusiasm or passion. Casemiro was probably the best player on the pitch and the main reason Man Utd outlasted Newcastle.

Erik ten Hag says that’s not a coincidence, as Casemiro is one of several Red Devils who’ve made winning a habit.

“Rapha Varane, Casemiro, David De Gea, they know how to win trophies,” Ten Hag said (video below). “Not only for technical aspect but also especially the mental perspective is so important.

“The winning attitude, they have to bring it in the dressing room, bring it in the team, and in the difficult situation they have to hang on and that’s why they did today.”

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