Louis van Gaal says FA Cup final victory would be a huge boost for Manchester United
By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 20/05/16 8:59am
Manager Louis van Gaal says Saturday's FA Cup final is a huge match for Manchester United and that his own interests are not as important.
United will face Crystal Palace at Wembley looking for their first major trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson departed at the end of the 2012/13 season.
Victory in the match could also help the cause of Van Gaal, whose job security has been the subject of intense speculation.
The Dutchman's contract has another year to run but his position appears precarious following United's failure to qualify for the Champions League and Jose Mourinho has been linked with the Old Trafford post.
However, Van Gaal insists that Saturday's game is, first and foremost, about securing a trophy for the United players, staff and supporters.
"I think the interests of the club are much more important, and also the interests of the fans are much more important, than the manager," he said
"Of course you have set your own aims and that is one of the aims I have had, always.
"But it is not good to speak about my interests, it is good to speak about the interests of the club. For the club, this is very important.
"I have read that the last FA Cup [win for United] was 2004, so it is a long time ago. It is always exciting when you are so close, but close is not enough, you have to win it.
When you win silverware it is always important, because a qualification is not a title. A title is an FA Cup, a championship.
Louis van Gaal
"When you win silverware it is always important, because a qualification is not a title.
"A title is an FA Cup, a championship. For players it is very important, because they can hold the Cup, and that is an exciting moment.
"Especially here in England, the FA Cup is a big title. We are playing in the most prestigious temple of England, so everything confirms how important this Cup is."
Van Gaal also downplayed the significance of United potentially claiming a first trophy since Ferguson's hugely successful tenure.
"For me, that is not the most interesting point," he said. "The most interesting point is that we are able to win something. We are very close but, still, you have nothing when you don't win.
"Always, a final, you cannot predict. You have seen it yesterday, for example [when Liverpool were beaten by Sevilla in the Europa League final].
"First, we have to win and then you can say, 'OK, it is the first title after the period of Alex Ferguson'."