Louis van Gaal says winning the FA Cup would make Man Utd’s season a success, even if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Van Gaal’s second campaign has been littered with highs and lows and the Red Devils could miss out on the Champions League despite having recently reduced the gap to the top four to two points.
However, if that eventuality materialises it could be tempered by winning the FA Cup for the first time since 2004. United face Everton at Wembley today in the semi-final and the Dutchman knows what it would mean to lift the trophy.
“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.”
Van Gaal admits the Cup has generated excitement amongst the fans, as he added: “When I see the people on the streets, they are so excited so you can feel already for the fans it is fantastic.
“But we are only in the semi-final and not the final and I want to speak about Everton because it is not a piece of cake.
“We have to beat Everton and in spite of the 4-0 loss (that Everton suffered against Liverpool on Wednesday), we have showed already this season that we have lost against Arsenal and the next match we won.
“That’s the same after Liverpool – that we lost 2-0 there and then we played West Ham in the quarter-finals and made a 1-1 and that was very important.
“So Everton can do that also after Liverpool – and when you are winning, you can also lose.
“In spite of them having a lot of injuries I have read, still they have the chance to beat us.”