United face a potential banana skin at League One strugglers Yeovil Town on Sunday.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that the FA Cup is likely to represent his side’s best route to winning silverware this season, report Goal, but the Dutchman is not taking the challenge of League One bottom club Yeovil Town lightly after being on the end of cup shocks in his previous jobs at Ajax and Barcelona.
United will make the long trip to Somerset and Huish Park to take on a team whose entire history is intertwined with causing shocks in the FA Cup – and the Glovers will be looking to leave their relegation battle in the third tier behind to shock van Gaal and has highly paid side.
Van Gaal has already seen his side come unstuck against League One opposition once this season, with a scratch side humiliated 4-0 by MK Dons in the League Cup second round, and the Dutchman hinted at their Stadium:MK nightmare when suggesting that the trip to Yeovil would prove to be far from simple:
“We know from our early exit in the [League] Cup that league places mean nothing in the cups but I know that also from Ajax and Barcelona so it’s not only like that in England.”
He is, however, still expected to rotate his team somewhat for the Yeovil clash after a hectic festive period that saw Premier League teams play three games in six days – whilst Yeovil have not played since Monday, when they were comfortable beaten at Huish Park in a relegation six pointer against Leyton Orient.