Van Gaal: United’s trip to Yeovil is ‘Death or Gladioli’

Louis van Gaal wants his players to avoid another Cup embarrassment as Manchester United kick off their FA Cup campaign against Yeovil.

Van Gaal saw his team suffer a humiliating defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup and he does not want a repeat of that result as the Old Trafford club travel to Huish Park.

Van Gaal said: “In the Netherlands we have a saying: “Death or the Gladioli” which means all or nothing. It’s a Gladioli game [aay to the League One side]. You are dead or you receive the gladiolus flower and in cup matches it’s always like that. We will go into the match fully prepared.”

Van Gaal was heavily criticized during his spells in Spain and Netherlands after losing to lowly opponents in Cup competitions with the highlight being a 3-2 defeat with Barcelona against third division Novelda in the 2002-03 Copa del Rey.

“It’s always a shock when you play against a lower team because you can assume that you have to win, but it’s not like that in football,” Van Gaal said. “I have lost with Ajax against a lower team, Cambuur [in 1996], but I have lost with Barcelona against a third division team.

“That one is wiped out of my mind, but we lost, so the criticism in Spain was very high and also in the Netherlands.”

Darren Fletcher is the only player of the current squad that has a FA Cup winner’s medal and Van Gaal would love to change that and see his side win this prestigious cup competition.

“We know from our early exit in the Capital One Cup that league places mean nothing in the cups.”

“You can win and you can lose and of course we have to win. The FA Cup the shortest way to success so we are very interested and I think my players are also.”

Written by Jash Mehta [@the_manutd_blog]