Apr 25, 2016

    Van Gaal 'not looking beyond FA Cup'


    MANCHESTER United manager Louis van Gaal was unwilling to discuss the likely effect of FA Cup success on his future after his side edged Everton 2-1 to reach the final.

    He has been under pressure all season, owing to disappointing results in the Premier League and Champions League. But he is now within one victory of steering United to a first FA Cup success since 2004 after Anthony Martial's 93rd-minute winner at Wembley on Saturday.

    "I'm not looking beyond the FA Cup because we live in the present and for the future, I discuss that with my board and not with you," said the Dutchman. His side will face either Watford or Crystal Palace in the final on May 21.

    United currently trail Arsenal by four points in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League, which will yield a Champions League berth.

    United subjected Everton to sustained first-half pressure and took a 34th-minute lead.

    Martial sped to the left-hand byline and squared for Marouane Fellaini to score against his old club.

    Martial has now scored 14 goals in his maiden campaign but Van Gaal repeated his assertion that the 20-year-old France international's future lies on the wing rather than at centre-forward.

    A run of seven league games without victory, culminating in a chastening 4-0 humiliation by Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Wednesday, has hardened fan discontent towards Martinez.

    But he noted that he was still the right man to take the club forward.

    "I share the drive that the football club has, which is getting into the Champions League, getting into situations where we can bring silverware to the football club, and I'll give everything I've got to fulfil those expectations," he said.