Louis van Gaal ‘pleased’ to see Man United draw Arsenal

Louis van Gaal insists that he was happy to see Manchester United drawn against Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals

Louis van Gaal has described himself as “pleased” after seeing Manchester United draw Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The Red Devils were pitted against the Gunners in Monday’s draw and will host the north London club at Old Trafford as they look to book their place at a Wembley semi-final.

I am very happy we can play now against Arsenal and for the first time we play at home

Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal insisted that he was happy with the draw, despite seeing his side pitted against one of their Premier League rivals.

Speaking at his post-match news conference after Monday’s 3-1 win at Preston, Van Gaal told reporters: “We have a draw at home, which is important in FA Cup matches.

“I am pleased we can play against Arsenal and at home. Every game in the FA Cup is difficult to win because every team is giving everything.

“You have seen it also in this round, how many better situated teams have lost so I don’t think that of course when you play against a lower team then the chance to win is always bigger.

“I am very happy we can play now against Arsenal and for the first time we play at home.”

Red Devils captain Rooney scored a late penalty after strikes from Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini cancelled out Scott Laird’s 47th-minute opener to seal a 3-1 win at Preston in their FA Cup fifth-round tie on Monday night.

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Manchester United’s next game is a trip to Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday. Van Gaal’s men are currently third in the Premier League table, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

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