Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says finishing top-four is more important than winning the FA Cup

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed he is prioritising finishing in the top-four of the Premier League than winning this season FA Cup, reports BBC Sport.

Ahead of Manchester United’s meeting with Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-final, the Dutchman admitted he considers finishing in a Champions League place much more essential than winning the domestic cup this season. With United having finished 7th in 2013/14 under predecessor David Moyes, the Red Devils can’t afford another campaign without European football.

United are currently on course to finish in the top-four of the Premier League, but there’s always the risk playing in the latter stages of other competitions can prove to be a distraction. Arsenal are one side standing in their way in the FA Cup, as well as challenging them for a place in the Champions League positions.

And while the Red Devils have been waiting a long time for an Fa Cup triumph, manager Louis van Gaal would much prefer to lead the side back into the top-four of the Premier League, which has been his remit since he was appointed, and the main factor in how long he’ll stay at Old Trafford.

“To finish in the first four is a fantastic result and for us at Manchester United even more I think. If you win the FA Cup you are not in the Champions League but you have won a title. I want to get always the goals that we have set, and the goals we have set is the top four, and a trophy would be fantastic. It’s fantastic for the players and the manager but our role in our first year together is to win a place in the Champions League,” he said.

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