Louis van Gaal: ‘I want to win a trophy in England’

by Tanveer Arayan

Louis van Gaal has insisted he is determined to win a trophy with Manchester United following the 2-1 win over West Ham United on Wednesday in the FA Cup.

Man United booked a spot at Wembley for the semi-finals thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini and have their best opportunity to win the FA Cup having not done so in over a decade.

Van Gaal, who has come under pressure at Old Trafford this term following some poor results and performances, reiterated he wants to win silverware with United.

“I think we have pressed very high again,” van Gaal said.

“But it is of course a risk because in the first half [Enner] Valencia playing was a surprise for me, he is very fast and when you press high you need to play more compact and more from your goal.

“But we did it, so I was very satisfied at half-time because we controlled the game and had better chances, and there was the only the chance of Valencia I think. I want to win a trophy in England. That is what I came here to do.”

United have not won the FA Cup since 2004, a lengthy period of time by the club’s standards.

Meanwhile, United last tasted silverware when David Moyes lifted the Community Shield in 2013, months after Sir Alex Ferguson had retired having guided his side to the Premier League title. It’s hard to see United winning the Cup given their unpredictable form this season but van Gaal will know that anything is possible in a knockout competition.

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