Van Gaal says United aiming for top-three finish, FA Cup trophy

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Louis Van Gaal still has high hopes for his Manchester United side, claiming his goal was to finish top-three in the league while also lifting the FA Cup trophy.

United currently sit sixth on the table, five points behind third-place Arsenal.

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The Red Devils are thought to be in a fight for fourth-place with Manchester City and West Ham, but LVG is looking straight ahead to the Gunners in third.

We are capable to be in the top-three of the league. We believe in that and the players believe in that, which is much more important.

We can win the FA Cup, so we have a lot to fight for. We have five matches at home, three away, so that’s also a benefit.

Of United’s remaining eight league matches, only three are against teams in the top half of the table. However, those matches are against leaders Leicester, second-place Tottenham, and fifth-place West Ham. United is currently tied with West Ham on points, and also face the Hammers in their FA Cup quarterfinal April 13.

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Aiming for third is a bit of a stretch from van Gaal, but the Dutchman is trying to instill some confidence in his side as they prepare for the final run. LVG does have the club in good position for a trip to the FA Cup Final and a Champions League berth next season, which could be viewed as minor miracles if you consider the state of United just a few months ago.