This season’s FA Cup is as significant for Louis van Gaal’s future as Manchester United manager as it was for Sir Alex Ferguson in 1990, says Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew.
Palace meet United at Wembley next month in a repeat of the 1990 final. Winning that trophy reportedly helped keep Ferguson in his job 26 years ago.
“I remember Sir Alex’s career hinged on that game and maybe LVG’s career will hinge on this,” said Pardew, who played for Palace in the 1990 final, which United won after a replay.
Ferguson went on to achieve unprecedented success with United, winning 13 Premier League titles and four more FA Cups during a trophy-laden career before retiring in 2013.
This season’s FA Cup represents the last chance for United to win any silverware during an inconsistent campaign in which Van Gaal’s position has come under increasing scrutiny.
United are fifth in the Premier League table, five points off the Champions League qualification places – albeit with a game in hand – and it has been assumed by many that Van Gaal will leave Old Trafford at the end of the season to be replaced by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
Following United’s 2-1 semi-final win over Everton on Saturday, Van Gaal said he would leave it up to the club’s board to decide whether he should remain at the club.
“I like the guy [Van Gaal],” said Pardew. “He’s had some terrible, terrible press and I look forward to seeing him in the final.”