Louis van Gaal and Roberto Martinez to clash in FA Cup in fight to save respective jobs

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The FA Cup seems to have become something of a safety net for managers this season as Everton's Roberto Martinez and Manchester United's Louis van Gaal pursue the trophy to ease the pressure on their shoulders.

The Toffees play their Manchester counterparts at Wembley on April 23 in what could be described as a personal battle between the two managers amidst their uncertain futures at Goodison Park and Old Trafford respectively.

Van Gaal's position as United boss has been under threat for quite some time now and the FA Cup still might not be enough to secure his job if the Dutchman is unable to steer his side into Champions League football for next season.


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As a result, the Dutchman has come across as cagey when answering questions on his future and the possibility of being succeeded by Jose Mourinho.

He said recently, according to the Mirror: "I'm not discussing that.

"I don't think so, because I read only about my position in the media, not the position of other managers. So I'm not in agreement with that. It's not my problem."

Meanwhile, Martinez is under scrutiny from Everton fans after a disappointing season that currently sees them 12th in the Premier League despite the attacking quality at their disposal.

Defensive frailties have been a big issue for the Toffees, and if their Spanish manager does remain at the helm, he must address the need for reinforcements this summer. 

Garry Monk - a former captain under Martinez at Swansea - believes success in the FA Cup will aid the 42-year-old's chances of keeping his job at Goodison Park. 

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: "Of course [he needs the FA Cup]. As a manager in those situations you need a strong end to the season. 

"The cup's a big, big target for them now - having a strong finish will dampen down the talk [of potential dismissal]. 

"Roberto's a very good manager, he'll be working tirelessly for Everton and he's a good man for the job."

Fail to progress through to the final and the future could look bleak for one of the experienced pair.

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