Van Gaal admits Man United were lucky against West Ham in cup

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that his side were lucky to beat West Ham United in the FA Cup, with the teams set to meet again in the Premier League in midweek.

Both sides are in a battle to finish in the top four this season, with the Red Devils beating Norwich 1-0 yesterday but the Hammers going down 4-1 to Swansea at home.

The pair have a game in hand over the rest of the division and will face off at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday night.

Both need all three points if they are to stand a chance of qualifying for the Champions League and even that may not be enough to see them overtake Manchester City and finish in the top four.

United eliminated West Ham from the FA Cup on their way to the final at Wembley, but Van Gaal has confessed that his team were slightly fortuitous to have record victory in London the last time the teams met.

“It’s still very tough. Now we have to play away to West Ham United and we’ve seen already in the quarter-final of the FA Cup that it’s not so easy,” he told the club’s official website.

“So we have to repeat that win. West Ham are a very good team – it’s not for nothing they’re in the top six of the table. We were lucky in the Cup. I think we deserved to win but we were lucky West Ham had a goal disallowed in the last minute.”