Louis van Gaal admits his personal preference would be to win the FA Cup but the Manchester United boss accepts the Europa League is “much more important” to the club.
United are in Denmark to face FC Midtjylland tonight in their round of 32 first leg, with the Europa League becoming increasingly important due to the team’s domestic struggles.
Van Gaal’s side sit in fifth place, six points off Manchester City above them and the manager has already admitted it will be difficult to qualify for the Champions League via a top four finish in the Premier League.
With a Champions League place on offer to the winner of this season’s Europa League, Van Gaal accepts the competition must remain high on United’s list of priorities but the Dutchman admits his preference would be to lift the FA Cup.
“It is a personal wish to win the FA Cup,” he said.
“I have already won the UEFA Cup and I want to win a title in England and that is why I have come to this country and to make Manchester United champions or give them a title.
“For Manchester United it is much more important to win the Europa League because it will give us the Champions League.
“However, I think it is also difficult to win [the Europa League] because there are also very good European teams in the league. We are with the last 32 teams, so we still need to win a lot of rounds.
Before United’s meeting with Midtjylland, Van Gaal insisted his was not taking the Danish champions lightly.
“We must not forget we have to beat a very good team,” he said.
“And the circumstances are also not so easy – the pitch is smaller than usual. So it will not be so easy to beat Midtjylland here.”