Wednesday 4 February 2015

Van Gaal tips Reds for FA Cup glory

Louis van Gaal has tipped his Manchester United side to win the FA Cup after the Reds 3-0 win over Cambridge United.

Goals from Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and James Wilson sealed a fifth-round trip to League One Preston.

United are the highest placed side left in the competition and van Gaal believes that allows them to be considered favourites.

"I am not a casino man, I am not allowed to bet, but I give you a tip: We have a real chance now." joked the usually deadpan Dutchman. 

United are joint record winners of the competition, along with Arsenal.
But the last of the Reds 11 wins came in 2004 and Darren Fletcher's departure means no current United player has won the competition during their time at Old Trafford.

"We are the highest qualified team in the FA Cup so our status is the highest club" added the boss.
"But Arsenal is still in the cup and also a very high competitor, Liverpool is also there and will fight against Bolton on Wednesday." added the boss.

Unexpected defeats for Chelsea and Manchester City have created the opportunity for van Gaal to win the domestic cup in a fourth country after his previous successes with Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

And, despite the potential for an upset, Van Gaal is happier being paired with a lower league team than a top flight rival. 

"I prefer to play against lower teams because the possibility to survive is higher I believe.
"The FA Cup is a famous title and I am living for titles.
"It is not as important for the coach as the club, the fans and the players.
"That is the sequence."

"But I won a title in my first year everywhere I have worked so this is something I want to continue at Manchester (United)." 

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