LVG continues late season Top Four push with eye on FA Cup final

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Louis Van Gaal is hoping Arsenal’s late season stumble continues on Thursday, and that Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace amps up the pressure on both the Gunners and Manchester City.

[ MATCH RECAP: Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace ]

Matteo Darmian scored a goal and sent in a cross that became a Palace own goal as United cruised to a home win, moving to within two points of third-place City and a single point of the Gunners.

From ManUtd.com:

“Of course we are in the race and we are two points behind City and Arsenal have to play tomorrow against West Bromwich Albion. It is not an easy opponent because they will defend, probably, and it is always difficult. You have seen Arsenal against Crystal Palace – it is always difficult.”

You can tell LVG is feeling the late season push, tossing a little jab at Wenger. And the United manager is also anticipating Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal against Everton.

“Of course the semi-final is not nothing. I came to England to win titles and now are very close. But first we have to beat Everton and that is not so easy.”

If United finishes fourth for the second-straight season and wins the FA Cup final, will that be enough for him to stave off Jose Mourinho and the other managerial hounds who’d love a shot at Old Trafford?