Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has stated his desire of winning a trophy in his first season and hints at targeting the FA Cup for the fans.
The former Bayern Munich boss joined the Red Devils in the summer knowing the club weren’t participating in any European competition this season.
As a result, only the Premier League, the League Cup and the FA Cup were up for grabs at the beginning of the season.
Following United’s embarrassing League Cup exit to MK Dons, as well as a rather poor start to the league campaign, barring a miracle the realistic trophy haul come next May has now been whittled down to one.
But how much of a potential distraction is the FA Cup to United’s now primary target of a top-four spot? Judging by van Gaal’s comments which will undoubtedly please the fans, surprisingly not much.
The Dutchman reiterated his desire to win silverware in his first campaign and hinted to the Manchester United official website that he will target the FA Cup trophy for the fans.
"I always want to win a title (a trophy)," he told the official Manchester United website.
"It’s something I've done in my first season at other clubs, so I want to give the fans a title. The easiest way to win silverware is in a competition like the FA Cup, which requires fewer matches to win."
The Red Devils have underachieved somewhat in the competition over the past decade, their last success coming in the 2003-04 season.
Despite their recent barren run, United still hold the recent – jointly with Arsenal – for the most FA Cup victories in history, standing at 11.