Louis van Gaal understands it is important for Manchester United to win the FA cup.
United have not won a trophy since Alex Ferguson left the club in 2012/13, except a community shield.
And a season that has seen United miss out on UCL, with Van Gaal’s job under pressure.
But the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss says beating Crystal Palace in Saturday’s final at Wembley means much more to the players and fans than it does to his chances of keeping his job.
“I think the interest of the club is much more important, and the interest of the fans,” he said on Thursday. “You put your own aims, of course, and that’s one of the aims I’ve always had.
“I think the fans are more concerned about the title than I am because a title for the fans is fantastic and we want to give it. I said that in my speech on the pitch. They were always there, unconditional. They’ve never let us down. They deserve it more than anyone else.
“A club like United needs silverware. We need it and the players need it also. That’s why it’s so convenient when we win.
“It’s always exciting when you are so close but close is not enough – you have to win it.
“I’ve read that the last FA Cup was 2004 so it’s a long time ago. So for Manchester United, it’s a big title, especially now.
“For me, that’s not the most interesting point. The most interesting point is that we’re able to win something and now we can. But still, you have nothing when you don’t win.
“It’s always important to win silverware. Qualification is not a title – a title is the FA Cup, the championship. For players, it’s very important, because they can hold the cup, and that’s an exciting moment. Especially in England, because the FA Cup is a big title. It’s the most prestigious temple of England.”
Van Gaal believes that away victories against Shrewsbury Town, Derby County and West Ham prior to the 2-1 semi-final win against Everton underline that his side would be worthy winners of the FA Cup.
“We have played four of the six matches away, so we deserve to win, I think, because when you win away at West Ham United, for instance, it’s fantastic,” he said. “Although Crystal Palace beat Tottenham, so it’s deserved for them to be in the final.”