Paul Scholes believes that Manchester United have fallen short of their goals this season, even if they win the FA Cup on Saturday.
Scholes has been a vocal critic of van Gaal for large parts of this season as Man United suffered early exits in the Champions League and Capital One Cup before only mustering a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League.
But United have the opportunity to end their season on a high note with victory against Crystal Palace at Wembley. Scholes, however, doesn’t believe that winning the competition would constitute a successful season for his former side.
“It’s long overdue but I also think it hasn’t really been a priority,” Scholes said.
“We all know it’s a massive major competition but was it the priority over the Champions League or the Premier League?
“We always seem to go after those two which you can probably understand and a lot of the times we would go out of the FA Cup as our team was missing players that would needed to be rested for the big Champions League and Premier League games.”
Considering the amount of money that United have spent since van Gaal took over, this season really has been indefensible.
Winning the FA Cup would be a big achievement but United’s awful results, combined with van Gaal’s turgid style of play, means that his long-term position at the club should come under extreme scrutiny.
And the worst thing is that van Gaal rarely blames himself. Instead, supporters have been told to lower their expectations. He has to go in the summer.