Van Gaal: “We deserved to reach the final”

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was understandably happy to have reached his first FA Cup Final after his side downed Everton 2-1 at Wembley. Speaking post-match to MUTV, BBC and in his press conference, the Dutchman had this to say on United’s progress to next’s months showpiece final:

“It’s fantastic when you see the joy in the eyes of the players. But also for the fans, because I think we deserved to reach the final. We were the better team in the first half and had so many chances – we could have finished it much earlier. It was an exciting game for the neutral fans and we are lucky that we scored in the last minute, but we deserved to win.”

Van Gaal was characteristically less-than effusive in his praise for matchwinner Anthony Martial: “He could have scored in the first half when he was in the same situation, so I told him at half-time to shoot low into the corner – and he did that! It was a fantastic finish. I think he can do much better [in the future] because I see a lot of things that he can still improve and he shall improve.”

On the prospect of next month’s FA Cup final: “I like it very much because as a player, manager and staff member, you do everything to win a title and we are very close now.”