Louis van Gaal: Manchester United must win the FA Cup final (Video)

Louis van Gaal: Manchester United must win the FA Cup final (Video)

Louis van Gaal: We have to win!

On Saturday, Manchester United take on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final in what should be a fascinating game.

On Thursday, Louis van Gaal held his pre-match press conference ahead of the Wembley encounter with The Eagles.

The Dutch boss was asked about the lack of silverware won by Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club and was pretty forthright about what his players have to do.

LVG also warned of the threat Crystal Palace pose from set pieces – noting that Alan Pardew’s side have scored nearly half their goals from these positions.

It certainly should be a fascinating game!

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Louis van Gaal pre Crystal Palace, video

Louis van Gaal pre Crystal Palace, transcript

SOUNDBITE: (English) Louis van Gaal, Manchester United manager:

“First, we have to win and then you can say, ‘It’s the first title after the period of Alex Ferguson’ but it is not like that. I only can speak about facts and I only have spoken about facts in this season and also last season.”

Q – But the history of the club, it hangs heavy. And the longer that tag goes…

“Yeah, you are right but these are rhetorical questions so…”

SOUNDBITE: (English) Louis van Gaal, Manchester United manager:

Q – You said on Tuesday that this is a team still in transition. Why is that two years on you still feel this is a team or a squad in transition?

“Because…I have said already in many press conferences about that subject. I don’t think that we have to talk about that subject before a final. I don’t think it’s appropriate to ask that now.”

SOUNDBITE: (English) Louis van Gaal, Manchester United manager:

“Yeah, yeah, of course. They have scored 29 goals of the fifty-six or seven, what they have scored, so more than 50 percent out of set-plays. So, that’s a lot more than we have done.”

SOUNDBITE: (English) Louis van Gaal, Manchester United manager:

“Of course, our starting point is to perform well, to win beautiful, to score beautiful goals but a 1-0 win for me, it’s also enough because winning is always the most important thing in a final. When you lose, you have nothing.”