Louis van Gaal is adamant he will remain the Manchester United manager next season despite unrelenting reports he will leave in the summer with a year left to run in his contract.
United are now challenging for silverware for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and won the Premier League as his swansong and Van Gaal now at least has the chance to finish with a trophy if the board opt to switch to Jose Mourinho or Ryan Giggs.
Van Gaal declined to discuss what an FA Cup win against Watford or Crystal Palace might mean for the club, only confirming that he assumes he will see out the last season of his three-year contract.
“I’m not looking beyond this competition and the FA Cup because we live in the present and the future I will discuss with my board,” he said. “Do I assume I will be here? You repeat what I have always said, so it’s not news.”
Asked whether an FA Cup win would be deemed success if the club fails to reach the Champions League, Van Gaal said: “It’s not for me to judge. It’s for the board of Manchester United. You can also be positive about the semi final maybe, about the way we have played, you can also ask questions about football?”
Van Gaal did enthuse about his team though he criticised referee Anthony Taylor over what he felt was an over physical approach from Everton in the second half, which saw David de Gea save a penalty before a Chris Smalling own goal saw Everton equalise.