Man United boss proud despite FA Cup draw with West Ham

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal revealed that he was proud with the way his players fought back against West Ham United in the FA Cup, Skysports reports.

With a semi-final spot up for grabs, the Hammers took the lead via a free kick from Dmitri Payet before Anthony Martial equalized to end the game 1-1 at Old Trafford.

Given the result, the two teams will meet again at Upton Park in bids to fight their way to a spot in the next round of the competition.

Van Gaal admitted that West Ham started the game with more intensity, but his side slowly took control and capitalized on what was a disappointing week to come away with a draw.

“For the first 15 minutes I think West Ham were the better team and they created a few chances, but after that we came back into the match,” he said.

“We have created chances and in the second half we were the better team. They scored out of a free-kick. We were behind.

“We have played against West Brom and lost, and Liverpool and lost this week, and when you come back from that I think it is amazing, and fantastic spirit in the team, in spite of a very nasty week. I am very proud of my players. We are still in three competitions.”

The Dutchman decided to bring in Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 76th minute, a decision that proved worthwhile as the pair caused problems until they eventually got their goal.

United can still pick up a trophy this season as they are still competing in the FA Cup and are also still in the Europa League.