Manchester United (MU) midfielder Scott McTominay says winning the FA Cup is what the club needed.

Manchester United (MU) midfielder Scott McTominay says winning the FA Cup is what the club needed.

The 2023/2024 season was almost the worst season MU had ever experienced, after they only managed to finish eighth in the Premier League.

However, the title of worst season for MU vanished after they managed to win the FA Cup final.

In the 2023/2024 FA Cup final, there was a Manchester derby between MU and Manchester City, marking the second consecutive final meeting.

As known, MU successfully surprised their city rivals who had won the 2023/2024 Premier League title.

The Red Devils squad won the match 2-1 against Pep Guardiola’s team at Wembley on May 25, 2024.

With this victory, it seems Erik Ten Hag might save his job as MU manager.

Following rumors of the Dutch manager’s dismissal after enduring a poor second season at Old Trafford.

MU midfielder McTominay feels Ten Hag handled the enormous pressure that always occurs for other Red Devils managers.

The Scottish midfielder even stated that Ten Hag truly deserved the FA Cup.

“All credit to Erik. The scrutiny from many parties makes it difficult. That is the case for every MU manager given the size of this club. It’s normal, but he handled it very well,”

“I’m very, very happy for him… he deserved that FA Cup,” McTominay said, quoted from Tribal Football, Sunday (June 9, 2024).

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The MU academy product midfielder acknowledged that winning the final against their city rivals was not an easy task.

“It’s not easy when everyone underestimates you and you come out as the winner. It makes a huge difference to the feeling and confidence on the field,” McTominay said.

“We know as players how big this club is, we expect everything that comes our way, both positive and negative,” he added.

After winning the FA Cup, the 27-year-old player revealed the key to the Red Devils’ success in that final match, and his motivation moving forward.

“City is an incredible team, but we stayed united. I want more moments like that,” said the player who will compete with Scotland in Euro 2024.

“I left that FA Cup final thinking, ‘You know, I want more of that.’ That’s my motivation,” McTominay stated.

Manchester United may soon secure the signature of Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite to replace Raphael Varane next season.

The 31-year-old player has been confirmed to leave Old Trafford, with his contract with MU ending at the conclusion of the 2023/2024 campaign.

Branthwaite is one of the considered successors as the English footballer performed excellently for The Toffees. Transfermarkt records that Branthwaite managed to make 41 appearances in all competitions this season.

Although primarily a central defender, Jarrad Branthwaite also contributed to the attack by scoring a total of 3 goals for his team in the 2023/2024 Premier League.

A report from Liverpool Echo via Football Transfers revealed that Everton is now struggling to retain the defender born in 2002, opening the way for the Red Devils to intensify their pursuit of Branthwaite.

According to the same report, Manchester United now hopes they can finalize Jarrad Branthwaite’s transfer in the coming days.

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Club officials aim to reach an agreement to recruit Branthwaite to Old Trafford by June 30, 2024.

Technically, the transfer of Jarrad Branthwaite makes sense for Manchester United to expedite.

The player has been confirmed not to be included in the England squad for Euro 2024, thus giving the green light for the Red Devils to move and secure his services.

Furthermore, Everton is also under pressure to make significant sales before the end of the month. Football Transfers stated this is necessary to comply with the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR).

However, the issue remains that MU still has to consider Jarrad Branthwaite’s price. The player was previously reported to have a sky-high price tag in the summer of 2024.

Reports reveal that The Toffees are asking for around £80 million from clubs interested in their star defender. This amount is unlikely to be readily met by Manchester United.

As a result, the Red Devils now hope for a substantial discount from Everton. The Sun reports that the Premier League giants are in a leading position to make Branthwaite a new signing with a discount reaching £40 million.

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