Louis van Gaal insists qualifying for the Champions League is more important to Manchester United than winning the FA Cup, although any silverware will make this season a success.
The Dutch boss has come under increasing criticism this year, although his side are still in the hunt for Champions League football, and they are overwhelming favourites for the FA Cup.
One trophy is hardly an overwhelming season for United, given their history under Sir Alex Ferguson, but Van Gaal is convinced that the Red Devils can claim to have had a successful year if they come away with England’s biggest domestic cup.
“I think it is always a success when you win a title,” Van Gaal said when asked if this would be a successful season if they finished fifth but won the cup.
“But for the club it is more important to qualify for the Champions League because we have to show ourselves at the highest level. That is also our aim.”
There are still doubts as to whether Van Gaal will be in charge of the Red Devils next year, but winning the FA Cup will do wonders for his chances of still being manager.
Securing silverware is one of the key parts of United’s history, and the manager wants to bring this back to the club following a drought since Ferguson’s exit.
“Always when you win a title it represents what Manchester United stands for,” Van Gaal said. “We have had a period of a lot of titles and we want to bring it back.
“And when you win the FA Cup, you have a title and a very respectable title and in England more than in other countries.
“In the Netherlands and also in Spain, the cup is not so highly valued.
“In Germany, they have a fixed stadium in Berlin and they make a big event of it so I like the way the Germans do it and I expect that here it is much bigger.
“When I see the people on the streets, they are so excited so you can feel already for the fans it is fantastic.”