Louis van Gaal admitted that it was “very important” for Manchester United to win the FA Cup after they progressed into the semi-finals.
Goals from Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini gave the Red Devils a hard-earned 2-1 quarter-final replay at West Ham, setting up a semi-final date with Everton at Wembley.
“It (winning the FA Cup) is not important for me, it is important for the club, for the players and for the team.” Van Gaal told BBC Sport.
“I said I wanted a title and I am very happy but it is very important for the club.
“We played defensively very well. We didn’t give so much away. They lost the ball a lot of times and I believe with a bit more composure we could have finished it much earlier.
“I said at half-time we had to show composure in the third and fourth phase. We did that better but I still believe we could have finished the game earlier.
Rashford against grabbed the headlines after a brilliant opening goal, but it was goalkeeper that Van Gaal saved special praise for after the Spaniard was in fine form to repel a late West Ham onslaught.
“He is our goalkeeper,” he added. “We kept him and that is because he is one of the best you can imagine. I am very happy with him.”