Louis van Gaal says Manchester United showed “unbelievable” spirit in their dramatic FA Cup semi-final victory over Everton – but remained coy on his future at Old Trafford.
Anthony Martial’s last-minute goal secured a 2-1 win at Wembley, after the Red Devils had to rally against sustained pressure from Everton in the second half.
And Van Gaal insists his side deserved to win, while taking a swipe at referee Anthony Taylor, who awarded a contentious penalty when adjudging Timothy Fosu-Mensah to have fouled Ross Barkley – although Romelu Lukaku’s spot kick was ultimately saved by David de Gea.
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“I think in the first half we were the better team,” Van Gaal said.
“We scored and created more chances, although we could have finished more. In the second half, I think the referee changed the match.
“I have to say I think it was a penalty – I don’t argue. But I argue over 50-50 duels that were not in our favour – when you do that over 10 or 15 minutes in a row, you have a big influence in the game.
“After that we scored the own-goal and it was 1-1, and then you saw we were showing our spirit. It was unbelievable.
“We were out of the game, but then back in it, and then Anthony scores a fantastic goal. We are lucky we scored in the last minute but we deserved to win.”
Despite guiding United to their first FA Cup final since 2007, when they were beaten by Chelsea, Van Gaal’s future remains uncertain.
The Dutchman has felt the wrath of supporters on a number of occasions this term and has been widely tipped to be replaced by Jose Mourinho in the summer.
However, Van Gaal refused to be drawn on the matter following the victory.
“For the future, I will discuss that with my board and others. It is not for me to judge – it is for the board of Manchester United,” he said.