Louis van Gaal prioritises Champions League for Manchester United

Manager Louis van Gaal of Manchester United speaks during a press conference at Old Trafford
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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has underlined his belief that Champions League qualification is the priority at Old Trafford.

United take on holders Arsenal on Monday with an FA Cup semi-final spot at stake but Van Gaal's over-riding target this season remains a top four finish.

Van Gaal said: "I want to get always the goals that we have set, and the goals we have set is the top four, and a trophy would be fantastic. It's fantastic for the players and the manager but our role in our first year together is to win a place in the Champions League.

"I think that Arsene Wenger is right - I think that Arsene Wenger is always saying right things - for a club, Champions League is the highest level and that's why he's saying that.

"To finish in the first four is a fantastic result and for us at Manchester United even more I think. If you win the FA Cup you are not in the Champions League but you have won a title."

Meanwhile, Marouane Fellaini believes United can take confidence from their last-gap win over Newcastle in midweek into Monday's quarter-final.

Fellaini told MUTV: "It will be a challenge. Monday is a massive game. We have to win it in one game because playing at Arsenal would be difficult. The FA Cup is a special competition, a big trophy in England. I lost a final. I played in a semi-final. This season, I can win it.

"We have showed spirit already a lot of times now and we have to continue like that. We have a big game on Monday, so it is good for the confidence.

"We always keep going and scored in the last minute (against Newcastle). The spirit was good, we kept going and that is important."

Striker Robin van Persie will miss the game against his former club due to an ankle injury, and defender Jonny Evans has been banned for six matches for spitting at Newcastle's Papiss Cisse.

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