Man United 3 Cambridge Utd 0: We didn’t play well, says Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal was less-than-satisfied with his Manchester United side's performance at Old Trafford

Louis van Gaal admitted that Manchester United “could have done better” after watching his side beat Cambridge United 3-0 to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The League Two side forced a replay at Old Trafford when they held the Red Devils to a goalless draw last month.

First-half goals from Juan Mata and Marcos Rojo put Van Gaal’s side in command, before James Wilson’s low strike sealed the win for the home side.

“Tonight, I don’t think we played a very good match,” Van Gaal told BBC Sport after the game. “But it is always difficult against a defensive team.

“We could have done better but I am pleased with the result.”

The win sets up a fifth-round tie with Preston, who were 3-1 winners at Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

And Van Gaal has identified the FA Cup as a key competition for his side as the Dutchman looks to end his first season at Old Trafford with some silverware.

“Every club in the FA Cup wants to win, we also,” he said. “We have to beat Preston and that will not be easy, they won away against a cup fighter like Sheffield United, so it will be difficult for us to win in Preston North End.

“For the club, the fans and the coach and my staff, we want to win a title this year. The biggest chance is the FA Cup, but we still have to win four games to do that.”

United’s next game is a trip to West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. The Red Devils are currently third in the Premier League table.

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