Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says winning the FA Cup is more important to the club than for him.
The Red Devils beat West Ham 2-1 on Wednesday to set up a semi-final against Everton at Wembley on 23 April.
Van Gaal, 64, is expected to leave his position at the end of the season – one year before his contract expires.
“I said I wanted a title and I am happy but it is not important for me, it is important for the club, the players and the team,” said the Dutchman.
Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini scored the goals to give United a victory in the quarter-final replay at Upton Park that keeps alive their hopes of avoiding a third successive season without a trophy.
Pressure eases on Van Gaal?
“Louis van Gaal’s future has been a matter for debate since the first links with Jose Mourinho emerged in the days before Christmas when he was sacked by Chelsea,” writes BBC Sport’s chief football writer Phil McNulty.
“Several times Van Gaal has walked to the precipice as the Mourinho murmurs grew louder – then produced a moment that pulls him back and suggests he may yet have the chance to see out the final season of his contract at Manchester United.
“And so it proved again as United recovered from the heavy loss at Spurs on Sunday to reach the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Everton with a fine win at West Ham United.
“Van Gaal can now offer up the possibility of the first trophy since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement as evidence he should be given the chance to continue at Old Trafford.
“There is still a top-four place and the FA Cup on United’s agenda. While they remain there results like this mean Van Gaal can still talk about a future at the club. The stakes were that high.”
Rashford ‘should go to the Euros’
West Ham started strongly but Manchester United coped with the early pressure before taking the lead through a brilliant Rashford strike.
The 18-year-old opened up space for himself with some neat footwork before finding the top corner with a sublime finish.
Rashford has now scored six goals in 11 appearances since making his debut against FC Midtjylland on 25 February.
His performance impressed BBC Radio 5 live pundit Danny Mills, who believes he has done enough to earn a place in the England squad for Euro 2016.
“If you’re in good form, why not take him as a substitute?” said Mills. “If you need to change a game, bring him off the bench.
“Andy Carroll won’t be fit. I know he scored a hat-trick at the weekend against Arsenal, but he was anonymous against Manchester United and unless you give him perfect service into the box there is no real game plan. He only really plays one way.”
No fairytale FA Cup finale at Upton Park
There was added disappointment for West Ham. They were playing in their final FA Cup game at Upton Park before they move to the Olympic Stadium, and a huge crowd turned out hoping to witness a positive send off.
However, despite rallying late on after James Tomkins’ goal, they failed to match Manchester United for large periods of the game.
“Man United nullified the threat for 70-80 minutes,” said Match of the Day pundit and former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer.
“There was no energy and then they got that goal from James Tomkins and they came alive.”
Slaven Bilic accepted that Manchester United were the better side.
He said: “We were really good for the first 15 minutes and the last 20 minutes but other than that their passing was much better than ours, their composure on the ball was much better than ours.
“We tried to create and we had more than enough chances to equalise but the quality of our passing was not the best.”
Hammers ‘can be a force next season’
Despite their FA Cup exit, West Ham can still finish the campaign strongly.
They are sixth in the Premier League – just five points off the top four.
Whatever happens in the remaining six games, Hammers legend Sir Trevor Brooking expects them to be a force next season.
“If they can get three or four really good purchases, they’ll be dangerous next season,” he said.
“They’re playing a brand of football, with a new stadium, where players will want to come.”
Holders Barcelona suffered a shock Champions League exit as Antoine Griezmann’s double sent Atletico Madrid into the semi-finals.
Barca arrived in Spain’s capital with a 2-1 advantage from the first leg but poor defending allowed the unmarked Griezmann to power home Saul’s cross.
Saul headed against the bar as Barca toiled before Griezmann scored a late penalty after Andres Iniesta handled.
Barca were denied a penalty when Gabi handled just inside the area.
The defeat ended Luis Enrique’s hopes of securing a La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey treble, while Atletico join Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Real Madrid in Friday’s semi-final draw (11:30 BST).
Manchester United will face Everton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley after showing class and then character to beat West Ham United.
In the final FA Cup game at Upton Park before the Hammers move to the Olympic Stadium, visiting manager Louis van Gaal once again engineered a result when he needed it most.
Marcus Rashford gave Van Gaal’s men the lead in this quarter-final replay after 54 minutes, the 18-year-old collecting a pass from Anthony Martial before curling a magnificent finish into the top corner past West Ham keeper Darren Randolph.
And when Marouane Fellaini bundled in Martial’s cross 13 minutes later it looked all over – only for West Ham to mount a fierce siege in the closing minutes.
Visiting keeper David de Gea, who gave a virtuoso display, had already saved superbly from Michail Antonio when James Tomkins stooped bravely among flying footwear to head in and give West Ham hope with 11 minutes left.
The hosts finally hammered at Manchester United’s defence with De Gea saving once more from Andy Carroll and Cheikhou Kouyate, the latter ruled narrowly offside as he headed in a rebound.
With Wayne Rooney coming on for the final four minutes in his first appearance in two months after a knee injury, it ended as a very satisfactory night for Van Gaal and his side.
Van Gaal’s high-wire act on show again
Manchester United defender Phil Jones described this tie as a “defining moment” in their season – and manager Van Gaal has had plenty of those as he has been surrounded by speculation about his future.
And in this managerial high-wire act, Van Gaal has always seemed able to steady a stumble by pulling out a result when he needed it most.
Van Gaal has fought off his critics with crucial wins at Liverpool and Manchester City as well as progressing in the FA Cup – and the heat was on again here after the comprehensive 3-0 loss at Tottenham on Sunday and more reports of player unrest at his methods.
There was no sign of discord here in a performance that showed control for the first 70 minutes and grit for the last 20 to send United to Wembley and offer Van Gaal the chance to answer his critics with a trophy.
Manchester United’s young guns lead the way
De Gea will rightly take the plaudits for another display of the kind that has offered his side some respite in their darkest moments – but Van Gaal’s willingness to risk young talent paid a rich dividend here.
Youngster Rashford was replaced at half-time at White Hart Lane, his manager unhappy with his performance, but he produced the moment of class that shifted the emphasis and momentum in United’s favour here.
As he did when scoring the winner at Manchester City, Rashford showed a clinical edge and natural talent to score that wonderful opener.
And in defence, Timothy Fosu-Mensah showed tremendous maturity, a tower of strength when the Red Devils needed him most. He was powerful in the air and in the tackle.
Manchester United have had their difficulties, but in these two 18-year-olds and Martial they have talent they can build around.
There has been a feeling around the Boleyn Ground that West Ham’s name was on the FA Cup this season as they pursued silverware in their last season at the stadium.
Maybe there was a touch of complacency in feeling they had done the hard part with the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford – or perhaps nerves that the dream might be coming close to reality.
Whatever the reason, it was not until the last 15 minutes that they actually started playing to their strengths, using Carroll and bombarding their opponents.
Even then, with the visitors on the rack, their decision-making was poor on a night that will be a bitter disappointment to manager Slaven Bilic, his players and everyone at the club.
In the closing moments, with Carroll winning everything in the air, they tried an elaborate corner routine that ended with captain Mark Noble shooting yards off target.
The last hope had gone, as had their chances of winning the FA Cup. The subdued reaction from the home fans told the story.
Man of the match – David de Gea
The stats you need to know
Manchester United have reached the FA Cup semi-final for the first time since 2011.
Since debuting for Manchester United, Marcus Rashford has scored six times in 11 games. No other United player has more than three goals.
Only Juan Mata (8) has more assists in all competitions for Manchester United this season than Anthony Martial (6).
Marouane Fellaini has scored his first goal for Manchester United since December, ending a run of 12 games without scoring.
West Ham are now winless in 12 games in all competitions against the Red Devils (D5 L7).
Both clubs still have hopes of a top-four Premier League finish. Manchester United host Aston Villa on Saturday, while West Ham visit Leicester on Sunday. Manchester United’s FA Cup semi-final against Everton at Wembley is on Saturday, 23 April.
A Leeds United employee has won her case for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination against the club.
Lucy Ward claimed she was sacked because she was former head coach Neil Redfearn’s partner.
Ms Ward, who worked as the club’s education and welfare officer, travelled to Canada to work as a BBC pundit at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
The club, which denied any wrongdoing, claimed she was sacked for exceeding her annual leave entitlement.
At the tribunal, employment judge Stephen Keevash said, on the balance of probabilities, club chairman Massimo Cellino told then club executive director Adam Pearson that Ms Ward had to leave the club.
There were no grounds to disbelieve Ms Ward’s testimony concerning her application for time off to commentate for the BBC, the judge added.
‘Club I love dearly’
Speaking outside the hearing, held in Leeds city centre, Ms Ward said her “name had been cleared”.
“I spent 17 years building up a really good reputation at Leeds for it to be destroyed by the current ownership,” she said.
“It’s a club that I love dearly and I’m very proud to have been a part of Leeds United and all of the lads I have looked after.”
She added: “I look forward to the rest of my career, hopefully back into football.”
Ms Ward, who worked in the club’s academy, had previously told her managers about her BBC analyst work with their “full support”, the tribunal heard.
Leeds United claimed Ms Ward “repeatedly failed to work on a Wednesday”, but she responded she worked from home on that day and her working pattern was “well-known” and agreed with her line manager.
‘Should be in the bedroom’
The hearing previously heard Mr Cellino decided to sack her because she and Mr Redfearn came as “a pair”.
The judge agreed with Ms Ward’s legal team that the club had taken a “sexist” view and ruled the reasons for her dismissal were “a sham”.
Ms Ward earlier told the tribunal she was “treated like a piece of meat” in the way she was dismissed.
Leeds United secretary Stuart Hayton, giving evidence as a witness, said Ms Ward was a strong character who “intimidated” her line manager and “was ruling the roost”.
Judge Keevash said Ms Ward was not aggressive nor disruptive and found her and Mr Redfearn “credible and truthful” witnesses.
He added the former Leeds United executive director Adam Pearson was “evasive” in giving his evidence.
The hearing previously heard of an alleged conversation between Mr Cellino and Gary Cooper, the chairman of Leeds Ladies FC.
Ms Ward said she was told by Mr Cooper that Mr Cellino had said to him: “Football is no place for women, they should be in the bedroom or the beauticians.”
Mr Cellino did not give evidence during the tribunal.
A further hearing is due to take place to arrange compensation.