Despite his side having to replay against a League Two side…
Louis van Gaal has extraordinarily claimed that Manchester United must now be considered favourites for the FA Cup after defeating League Two’s Cambridge United at Old Trafford.
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In a replay of their fourth round tie, United ran out comfortable 3-0 winner over the lower league minnows but almost got off to a terrible start when striker Tom Elliott hit the Red Devils post after 50 seconds.
But following their easy win, van Gaal insisted his side now have to best chance for cup success and that he’s eager to win a trophy in his first season at Old Trafford.
“People are betting on us. I am not allowed to bet. But I give you a tip… we have a real chance now,” said the United coach, reports the Sun.
“Why? We are the highest team left in the Cup. I am not working in a casino but I think the highest qualified teams have more possibilities than lower qualified teams.
“Arsenal are still in the Cup. Liverpool are also there.
“The cups matters to the club, the fans, the players. I always want a title in my first year. wherever I’ve worked.”
Van Gaal has won trophies in his first seasons in charge of Ajax and Bayern Munich as well as during his first spell at Barcelona.
And he could follow suit after reaching the next round of the competition the FA Cup that has already seen a number of big names crash out with Arsenal and Liverpool the other two biggest sides still involved.
However, the Red Devils could have been left red faced after Elliott’s opening minute strike almost caught them off guard in the early exchanges.
“If he had scored it could have been a very difficult game. In the first half we gave away the ball so I was not pleased.”
United will face another lower league side, Preston North End, in the fifth round of the competition.