Louis Van Gaal Manchester United
Louis Van Gaal's United will be facing Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-final on MondayReuters

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says that making a top four finish in the Premier League is more important than winning the FA Cup for the Red Devils this season.

Earlier there were suggestions that winning a trophy in his first season at Old Trafford was a top priority for Louis van Gaal, with United set to face Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Monday.

However, the Dutchman despite revealing that winning a trophy is also important, has revealed that his top priority this season is to get the Red Devils back into the Champions League's next season.

"Of course, as a manager you always want to win things," said Van Gaal, according to ESPN. "I am no different and I can tell you that we shall do our best against Arsenal, but I also say this: My target at the start of this season was to finish in the top four and that is till my target. If I have a priority, then it is the top four."

"The Arsenal game is very important. Every match you play has an influence on the next match. We are in a rat race in the Premier League and whoever wins the FA Cup game has a good feeling for the next matches."

Earlier Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had highlighted the importance of his side making a top four finish this season, and van Gaal says he agrees with the Frenchman.

"I think that Arsene Wenger is right - I think that Arsene Wenger is always saying right things - for a club, Champions League is the highest level and that's why he's saying that.

"To finish in the first four is a fantastic result and for us at Manchester United even more I think. If you win the FA Cup you are not in the Champions League but you have won a title."

Meanwhile, Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini feels that the Red Devils need to beat Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at Old Trafford on 9 March and avoid playing a replay at the Emirates.

"It will be a challenge. Monday is a massive game. We have to win it in one game because playing at Arsenal would be difficult," the Belgian told ESPN.

The 27-year-old midfielder, who tasted defeat in the 2009 FA Cup finals against Chelsea while playing Everton, is certain that he can win the trophy with United this season.

"The FA Cup is a special competition, a big trophy in England. I lost a final. I played in a semi-final. This season, I can win it."

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