Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says winning the FA Cup with United was his greatest achievement in his glittering coaching career, which he bought to an end on Tuesday.
The Dutchman finished his career after a turbulent two seasons at Old Trafford. Although he left United at the end of the 2015-16 season, it was only this week that Van Gaal officially retired.
Van Gaal said that the incessant media pressure on him made the job at United much tougher than it already was as he tried to return the club to the former glories it had enjoyed under Sir Alex Ferguson.
He managed to return United to the Champions League after his first season which saw the club finish fourth in the Premier League but failed to see United through the group stage, ensuring an early exit.
In his final season, United failed to finish in the top four once again with the FA Cup triumph over Crystal Palace proving his finest moment as United manager.
And now Van Gaal says that moment was the best of his whole career, which included taking Ajax to Champions League glory in 1995.
“Winning the FA Cup with Manchester United was my biggest achievement,” Van Gaal told De Telegraaf.
“I spent the last six months of my time there on the scaffold, with my head in a noose. The English media were responsible for that.
“The pressure was inhumane at times and I had to stay true to my philosophy and keep motivating the players. When you still manage to win the FA Cup under such pressure, you are proud of it.
“Also because we lost a player to a red card in the final and were playing with 10 men in extra time. That makes the FA Cup a fantastic trophy for me. We faced so much resistance.”