Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag set a new record as a result of his side’s 3-0 win over Charlton in the Carabao Cup, beating predecessors Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and even Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Red Devils reached their first cup semi-final with victory over the League One outfit on Tuesday, extending their winning run in all competitions to eight in the process.
Antony opened the scoring for United, before two late goals from Marcus Rashford in the second half sealed the victory.
It wasn’t vintage United, but they did enough to make it to the last four despite a battling performance from the Addicks.
Ten Hag said there were areas of the side’s game they could improve on following the victory, and stated (quotes via BBC Sport): “We had to be in that semi-final, and we did the job. I think we had to finish this off early on, but in the end the objective was to get through, so compliments to the team.”
Last night’s result gave Ten Hag another reason to celebrate, and reflected his impressive start to life at Old Trafford.
Ten Hag races off the mark
As per MUFCData, the Dutchman is now the fastest Manchester United manager to reach 20 wins, in terms of number of competitive games played.
He reached the landmark in just 27 games, with 11 of those wins being recorded in 17 Premier League matches.
Mourinho previously held the record, getting to 20 wins inside 31 games, whilst Van Gaal took 36 matches. Behind him in the statistics is Sir Matt Busby (40) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (42).
Ferguson is someway down the list on 45 matches, but the Red Devils were in a far different position when the Scot took over in 1986 – they were 21st and second bottom of the First Division.
The record may not mean a great deal to Ten Hag, given that his main priority will be to ensure United achieve success this season, but it showcases the speed at which the Dutchman has turned things around at the club, and how they now have set a base to continue to improve further.