Louis van Gaal: Man United must be well-prepared for FA Cup tie

Louis van Gaal discusses Manchester United's fourth-round tie at Cambridge United

Louis van Gaal has warned Manchester United that they must be well-prepared for their clash against Cambridge United in the FA Cup fourth round.

The Red Devils were 2-0 winners against League One side Yeovil Town in the previous round thanks to strikes from Ander Herrera and Angel di Maria.

United face League Two opponents on Friday night as Van Gaal looks to win England’s premier cup competition for the first time after his appointment in May.

And the 63-year-old, who has won domestic cup competitions in Netherlands, Germany and Spain during a distinguished career, isn’t taking Cambridge lightly.

“It’s always tough to play against weaker teams because in the players’ minds, it is a weaker team,” Van Gaal told his pre-match press conference.

“For example, on Wednesday, PSV Eindhoven – who are no.1 in the league in the Netherlands – lost against no.3 of the second division. It shall happen also in the FA Cup. There are always surprises and I hope we are not the surprise.

“When you see Cambridge and when you analyse Cambridge, they play very direct with long balls. They have five or six players who are taller than 1 metre 90 so for us it will be difficult to defend against. That is why you have to prepare yourself very good. It is not so easy to beat Cambridge United.”

United are in fourth place in the Premier League table after the Red Devils were 2-0 winners against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Cambridge have won their last three games in all competitions, whilst United’s 11-game unbeaten run came to an end after a surprise 1-0 loss to Southampton earlier this month.

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