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“We are putting pressure on them throughout the season”.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal sees similarities between himself and Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

The 18-year-old has scored seven goals in just 13 appearances for the Red Devils this campaign. Pardew’s side are unbeaten in the last four games, which has finally seen them open up a bit of a gap between themselves and those involved in the relegation battle.

Liverpool, who are now unbeaten in the last 11 top-flight Merseyside derbies, stay seventh in the table, while Everton, who face Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, are 11th.

“[The young players] are not ready, I’m sorry”.

“I want to always play attacking football”.

Fans, unhappy with Louis van Gaal, voted with their feet and the atmosphere was as flat as the Dutchman’s homeland.

“I am a little part of it”. “He knows that, he can learn a lot, you need always guts to put youngsters in the squad and also in the line-up”.

The Premier League side announced a near-capacity crowd of 75,277 for the win which maintained their bid to finish in the top four and claim a place in next season’s Champions League.

United are looking to win the trophy for the first time since 2004, with van Gaal still targeting fourth place in the Premier League following Wednesday’s victory over Crystal Palace – a fourth win in five league games – as he tries to hold onto his job.

But he had no excuses following this destructive defeat and admitted that it was the worst possible preparation for the FA Cup semi-final clash with United.

“I wanted three points because that was the most important thing”, he said.

A wayward Emmanuel Adebayor shot was the only chance of note Palace could muster during a half in which the majority of play was at the other end, with Delaney almost turning another cross into his own goal.

“He’s very positive”, Van Gaal said. “I am very happy with the way he performed”.

“I think we control a lot of the games at Old Trafford but we can sometimes find it hard to break teams down”.

Meanwhile, United have announced that they will provide free travel to Wembley for their FA Cup semifinal against Everton on April. 23.

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