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Saturday Sundae: topsy-turvy for Van Gaal; Everton in chilling prophecy

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Manchester United manager on rollercoaster ride; Everton fan is better than Tarot cards; Aston Villa fans give Joleon Lescott the cold shoulder

Three months ago Louis van Gaal was feeling “sad”, trying to resign and saying “the fans are right to boo me”. Now he’s one game from a dignity-saving trophy.

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Louis van Gaal prefers Wembley hero Anthony Martial as a wide man

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• ‘I like him on the wing, I don’t believe he is an out-and-out goalscorer’
• Manager deflects questions about impact of Cup glory on his future

Anthony Martial gave one of his most impressive performances to date in his first club game at Wembley and provided the winning goal that took Manchester United past Everton to the FA Cup final, but Louis van Gaal insists the French player is a winger rather than a striker who will end up with goalscoring records.

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Anthony Martial should be left alone to provide relentless stream of menace | Barney Ronay

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Manchester United’s Wembley hero does not have to be the centre-forward craved by the fans – from the left of a shifting attack he can cause untold damage, as Everton will testify

There has been a peculiar swirl of noises off around Anthony Martial ever since his arrival in England. Overpriced they said: at first – but not for long. A centre-forward in waiting. A man unfairly shackled to his touchline, emblem of the stubbornness of late Louis van Gaal.

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Louis van Gaal criticises referee after Manchester United beat Everton

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• Manager unhappy with Anthony Taylor’s display during FA Cup semi-final
• ‘Referees are deciding the game, not the players,’ says manager after 2-1 win

Louis van Gaal was understandably delighted by Manchester United’s late winner against Everton but still found time to criticise the referee, Anthony Taylor.

The United manager told the BBC: “It’s fantastic. When you see the joy in the eyes of the players it is fantastic to see but also for the fans. I think we deserved to go to the final. I think the referee… we didn’t have any fouls in our benefit. He changed the match I think. We had so many chances. We could have finished it much better.

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