Louis van Gaal firmly believes his Manchester United side are better now than they were last season ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Everton on Saturday.
Man United suffered early exits in the Capital One Cup and Champions League earlier this term while they are clinging on in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
However, van Gaal insisted that United, who finished fourth and exited the Cup at the quarter-final stage last season, are better this time around.
“We are further than last year,” van Gaal said.
“We were in the quarter-finals, now we are in the semi-finals, I believe, that means we are better than last year. It’s not to me to judge that I have said that already in former press conferences, so I do my utmost best and I said that we are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, we are still in the race for fourth in the Premier League and that was our aim.”
United are further on in the Cup but performances on the pitch have gone backwards.
Van Gaal’s turgid style of play prioritises possession above all else, often at the cost of attacking verve. Even if he wins the Cup and secures a top four finish, it is hard to see van Gaal sticking around at the club next season.