Old Trafford boss sees his side take on lowly opposition in FA Cup replay.
Louis van Gaal is of the belief that everyone bar Man United fans will be looking to his side to slip on the potential banana skin of an FA Cup upset today as his side takes on Cambridge United at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
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The Guardian reports on comments made by the Dutch boss ahead of their match against the Conference side, a replay that came after his Premier League giants failed to secure a win from their trip to the Abbey Stadium last month.
“Everything is against you at Manchester United and everything is in favour of the underdog. Also from you [media] but you shall not do it consciously but unconsciously – it’s human – I forgive you.
“In spite of all the criticism we have had from you and your [media] colleagues, we are still in the FA Cup and a lot of teams are not, so I’m still happy that we can play this match. But you have to win because they are coming also with two rows of four and a goalkeeper and dropping in a striker, and you have to make the first goal because that is the most important goal, so it’s not such an easy game.” Van Gaal added.
Given that Man United had no European entanglements this term and that a Premier League title push is a little unlikely one imagines an FA Cup trophy is one that Louis van Gaal will gleefully accept as reward from his first season in charge of the club.
With Chelsea, Man City and Southampton out of the picture there is every chance that progress to the next round will put them in with a good shot at FA Cup glory.
“There are not so many of the so-called big teams left, so we have to take that as a positive and make sure we get the win. It will help us [having played them once] and they’re coming to Old Trafford, so we need to start making it a fortress against the teams that come here.
“We’ve got a point to prove to get the game [won] because I know how important the FA Cup is to us as a team.” the Dutchman concluded.