Van Gaal hits out at obsession over his future as boss

"It's not something I'd really expected (playing so often), but it has been very important for my development", Martial said.

"I don't know because I was not there and at that time, I was occupied with my club at that time, but you can not compare".

Louis van Gaal acknowledges Manchester United fans' fervour for the Emirates FA Cup - and is determined to lift the trophy for them - after meeting a few supporters on a trip to the hairdresser. "I read only about my position in the media but not the position of other managers, so I don't agree with that".

The Red Devils managed to see off West Ham United in their FA Cup quarter-final replay on Wednesday.

Van Gaal has been under pressure throughout the campaign following the team's early exit from the Champions League and their inability to overcome Liverpool in the last 16 of the Europa League.

"I don't think Schweinsteiger shall play this season - I think, next season, he is prepared", Van Gaal told MUTV.

The small size of United's squad - particularly in terms of strikers - has been questioned this season, but Van Gaal pointed out that it has allowed the likes of Rashford to break in.

The report goes on to say that missing out on Champions League qualification, as well as the fact that next season is the final season in Van Gaal's contract, has convinced the club officials that this summer is the best time for a change.

"But still we are in the race for the first positions in the league and still we are in the FA Cup so I am very happy that we can do that".

Admitting consistency was a key factor for claiming title, Van Gaal insisted that repeated injuries of his players had restricted his side to turn into a consistent team.

'You see the happiness of the fans. It is fantastic what Marcus has done until now but you can not compare him with Ronaldo. He also plays in another position, I believe.

"When you come to West Ham, who have not lost at home since August and have beaten every top club, and we controlled the game".

Related News: