Marcus Rashford continued his breakthrough season by netting the opening goal in the FA Cup Quarter-Final replay win over West Ham.
A lengthy injury list means Van Gaal has had to use a number of untested young players at United this season, and the manager claims his reputation for trusting in youth was one of the reasons he was appointed. “I said I wanted a title and I am very happy but it is very important for the club”.
The competition represents the last chance of silverware this season for the club, who also sit four points outside the Champions League places in the top flight.
Jesse Lingard insists Marcus Rashford will keep his feet on the ground after helping Manchester United defeat West Ham in the FA Cup.
Now he has a semifinal against Everton on April 23 at Wembley Stadium to prepare for as United aims to add to its 11 triumphs and equal Arsenal’s record of 12. I say he always needs to dribble and shoot, he has that quality.
“Overall, I think you have to be honest, and Man United deserved the win last night”.
And Van Gaal admits he hasn’t been too surprised with the youngster’s success, having worked closely with him in recent weeks. That was one of the arguments why they have selected me.
Van Gaal’s side played, arguably, their best football for the first 70 minutes, but when the deficit was reduced, the side looked nervous at times and it forced De Gea to step up.
Rashford, who scored twice on his debut against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League, produced another brilliant goal as he capitalised on an error by Michail Antonio.
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”.
“Manchester United believe in youngsters and Louis van Gaal also believes in youngsters”.
“A trophy is, of course, fantastic and especially the FA Cup because it is a lot of years that we didn’t win this cup”.