Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal wants to avoid a repeat of August’s humilation against MK Dons when his side come up against fellow League One opposition Yeovil Town on Sunday.
A difficult start to the season for van Gaal got even worse when he saw his side lose 4-0 at MK Dons but van Gaal has previously spoken about the importance of the FA Cup.
United haven’t won the tournament since 2004 and the manager is adamant he wants his team to put a run together and make it to the latter stages at least.
A game against Yeovil, who are currently in the League One relegation zone is the perfect way to start and the MK Dons game should help United prepare for the match.
“I had the same experience against MK Dons, who are also in League One,” Van Gaal told ManUtd.com.
“You never know in a cup match, you have to win because you’re out if you lose. We have to beat Yeovil but every team in England wants to beat Manchester United so it will be difficult,” van Gaal told the Manchester United official website.
“Everything about playing a lower league team will be different – the pitch, the stadium. For the players, it’s more difficult to prepare for a match like this, especially after playing so much over Christmas.”
United have reached two further finals since 2004 but lost on both occasions and with almost no chance of silverware elsewhere, the FA Cup could be van Gaal’s crowning glory to his first season at Old Trafford.