United Must Win Cup and Forget Revenge, Says Van Gaal

Published: 03rd February 2015 10:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd February 2015 10:21 AM   |  A+A-

Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal has urged his Man-chester United players to forget about revenge and focus on grasping their FA Cup second chance against Cam-bridge United.
Van Gaal's team face Richard -Money's side at Old Trafford in a fourth?round replay tonight (Tuesday) after being held to a 0-0 draw by the League Two minnows at the Abbey Stadium 10 days ago.


United's failure to overcome a team which was playing non-League football last season prompted criticism of Van Gaal's methods and the performance of several high-profile players.
However, with United aiming to end an 11-year wait to win the Cup this season, Van Gaal insisted that his players focus on earning a fifth-round trip to Sheffield United or Preston North End rather than revenge.
"Today, everyone wants revenge," Van Gaal said. "Before the start of the Leicester match [on Saturday], Wayne Rooney said [about the 5-3 defeat at Leicester City]: 'Do you remember how we lost that?'


"It is also that same feeling with Cambridge, but I don't think it is a great motivation. The motivation is the FA Cup because, when there are a lot of high potential winners out, then your chance is bigger."
Van Gaal is poised to field a full?strength team tonight, with the possible exception of Victor Valdes making his United debut in place of David de Gea in goal.


However, although Van Gaal admitted that the surprise fourth-round exits of Chelsea, Manchester City and Tot-tenham Hotspur had eased United's path to the final, he insisted that his team should have finished the tie at the first attempt. "I think that it's better not to play [the replay] because we should have finished it already in Cambridge. But in spite of all the criticism we have had, we are still in the FA Cup and a lot of teams are not.
"Although this club has won the FA??Cup 11 times, it is now almost 11 years since we last won the trophy and I am sure we all agree that is too long for a club of this stature."

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