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FA Cup: Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal is more than happy to win ugly

By Rory Dollard

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is aiming to win the FA Cup with "beautiful" football but will settle for anything that brings the trophy back to Old Trafford.

United are favourites to see off Crystal Palace at Wembley in a repeat of the 1990 final that ended after a replay with Sir Alex Ferguson's first piece of major silverware.

The Red Devils have not added to their honours since the Scot's retirement in 2013 and while Van Gaal is aware that United fans expect an aesthetically-pleasing brand of football, he sees success as the main priority.

"Of course the starting point is to perform well, to win beautiful... to score beautiful goals," said Van Gaal. "But a 1-0 win, for me, is also enough because winning is the most important thing.

"When you lose you have nothing."

The Dutchman also hinted that the match could only truly be a spectacle if Palace threw caution to the wind, something he does not anticipate.

"You always need two attacking sides, then you get a fantastic match," he explained. "I think they shall defend very small spaces and then counter because they have a lot of speed in attack.

"It shall be difficult, but you cannot always predict a final."

Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini, Matteo Darmian and Morgan Schneiderlin are all back in the fray.

"I have a lot of fit players now, and for me that is more difficult because I have to disappoint a lot of players," added Van Gaal.

"You have to say to some 'you are not invited for the squad' and he has to come to the stadium. That's not nice."

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