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Manchester United players are aware of the club’s trophy drought, says Tom Heaton

Manchester United’s back-up goalkeeper Tom Heaton has admitted the team is aware of the club’s current trophy drought. 

The Red Devils defeated Nottingham Forest 2-0 yesterday in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final to set up a date with Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium. 

Erik ten Hag’s side entered the game with a three-goal advantage after winning comfortably at the City Ground. 

Anthony Martial opened the scoring before Fred added another to help United clinch the tie on 5-0 aggregate. 

Heaton, who started the game in place of David de Gea, admitted they are more than aware of the club’s recent lack of silverware.

“We’re off to Wembley, that was the ambition tonight and we had a good start last week, 3-0 away from home, so coming into tonight, we wanted to go out and win the game with another clean sheet and we’ve done that,” Heaton told MUTV.

“Everyone is looking forward to it. It’s the first marker for us, the first final that comes around in the season and to be back in one of those is fantastic. It’s exactly where we want to be and the aim tonight was to make it to the final.

“We’re all aware of it [the trophy drought] and this football club is based on winning. To do that, you have to be in the final, when it comes around, I appreciate there are a lot of games before that, it will be a tough game, but one we will embrace,

“We have a real good feeling and we want to keep the momentum going.”

United haven’t lifted a trophy since 2017 when they won the EFL Cup under Jose Mourinho. 

They now have made it to the final of the same competition and have a brilliant opportunity to win it. 

But Ten Hag’s men will have to deal with a very busy February schedule which could affect their chances in the Carabao Cup. 

United will face Newcastle on February 26, just three days after their Europa League clash with Barcelona. 

By contrast, the Magpies do not have any European commitments and will get more time to rest before the final. 

Eddie Howe’s side have enjoyed an excellent campaign and are determined to end their long wait for silverware. 

Their last major trophy was in 1955, when they prevailed in the FA Cup.