“A club like Manchester United need silverware. You have read that all season. We need that. The players need that also”
Louis van Gaal
“For players, it is always very important, because they can look at and can hold a cup. That’s an exciting moment also, especially here in England, because the FA Cup is a big title.
“We are playing in the most prestigious temple in England, so everything confirms how important this cup is.”
United’s last silverware came in 2013, when they won the Premier League under the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson, and the Community Shield under his successor David Moyes.
Van Gaal’s failure to win a trophy so far, coupled with the availability of former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, has left United’s board with a tough decision to make at the end of the season.
The current United boss has one year left to run on his contract, and hopes to see it out, but has slapped down speculation about his future.