Ander Herrera has revealed how there are daily reminders of the importance of the FA Cup all around Carrington and that he understands what a cup run would mean to supporters.
The Spanish midfielder joined from Athletic Club in the summer along with five other new signings, many of which will have never experienced the FA Cup and may be unaware of its continuing importance to English football.
United haven’t won the FA Cup for just over ten years when they beat Millwall in 2004 but Herrera says he and his team mates are under no illusions as to how important winning it would be to the fans and the club.
“I have seen on the walls at the Carrington training ground how many times we have won the FA Cup,” Herrera said.
“It’s an important competition for United but all the competitions are important for the club because we always want to win everything.”
Van Gaal has made it abundantly clear how he wants United to win the FA Cup and getting that first trophy under his belt would be a weight off his shoulders. It could also prove to be a springboard for United next season.
He added: “It’s different to the Spanish Cup because it’s more about the knock-out situation.
“In Spain we play two legs in the Cup, so I think it’s good that it can be down to just one game here, it makes it very emotional. So I like the FA Cup and when I was in Spain I always watched it.
“It’s a very interesting competition. Every team has a chance to win it, which is good. I want to play in this competition and it’s a big chance for us to win a cup.
“I think all the supporters can feel that excitement and some nerves for the game on the day. It’s a very important competition. Last season Arsenal won it and this season we want to be in the final.”
United will play away to Yeovil Town on January 4 after the League One side beat Accrington Stanley 2-0 on Tuesday night.