The Red Devils battled past West Ham United to set up a semi-final against Everton at Wembley later on this month.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is unlikely to play for Manchester United again this season, according to Louis van Gaal.
“But still we are in the race for fourth position in the Premier League and in the FA Cup, so I’m happy we can do that”.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic says Manchester United’s passing ability was one of the key differences between the sides as the final FA Cup tie at Upton Park ended in disappointment. “A lot of things have changed in all the clubs where I have worked and because of that I’m here, I’m selected by Manchester United not because I’m a lousy manager”.
Van Gaal dismissed suggestions that United’s best players could be tempted to leave this summer if the club are not in the Champions League.
Teenager Rashford has proved a sensation at United this season, netting six goals in 11 matches across all competitions after being thrown into the first team against Midtjylland in the Europa League round of 32.
Asked if his policy of looking to the long-term by promoting youth-team graduates might have a positive effect on his battle to keep his job, Van Gaal insisted that the question was irrelevant.
David de Gea has been taken aback by Marcus Rashford’s emergence and hopes the “unbelievable” talent can make history at Manchester United.
Speaking at his news conference on Friday, Van Gaal said: “You can compare apples with pears, so I don’t agree with what you want to suggest”.
The likes of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Jesse Lingard as well as Rashford have all come into the side and played consistently well, often sparking life into the team, who’s more seasoned players have largely failed to live up to expectations.
“This is a big arousal under the fans and that is nice to see because they are hungry also for the FA Cup, I think, but still you have to first beat Everton”. “Now we have a game on Saturday which we have to win in front of our home supporters”. At the end it was, of course, not so nice but we are the winners, so it’s fantastic.