Juan Mata’s late free-kick was enough to hand Manchester United a 1-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford.
A trip to West Brom on Sunday now awaits as Van Gaal’s men continue to wade through a testing, fixture-heavy period.
Van Gaal said he was just pleased to get the result against a physical side, but was disappointed with some of the chances United conceded, particularly in the first half.
“We are fighting. In the fight, we can play fantastic matches against Arsenal, and I believe against Midtjylland we also played very well”.
“Of course, when you see we have closed the gap a little bit, then your belief shall raise”, Van Gaal added.
Louis van Gaal believes that winning the Europa League would be a better achievement for Manchester United than finishing in the top four of the Premier League. “We have to go step by step”.
Can Manchester United break into the top four? “I think that shall also accelerate the recovery of the players”.
It will be interesting to see whether Rashford starts a fourth straight game – and first on the road – when United head to the Hawthorns.
As well as fourth place in the league, Van Gaal also wants to bring a first piece of silverware to Old Trafford since the 2013 league title won by Alex Ferguson in his last season, and he says the confidence of his team is growing.
“I don’t think that’s bad and we are in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, I think that’s not bad, and in last 16 of the Europa League, so that’s not bad [either]”.
“So we have a great momentum at this moment because we have discovered that a lot of players can play at this level and the older players have to compete with these youngsters”.
“He was on the bench at Watford and Leicester. He was having a very good period”.
But such a young team struggled to handle a Watford side who could have been at least two goals up by half time. Make sure to check out our free online live stream links below so you can tune in and watch the exciting Barclays Premier League match, complete with a preview of today’s game!
“I gave compliments to my players because it is not so easy to win these games because Watford pressed us very high and we gave the ball away”. He’s certainly taken the heat off his manager with four of the 11 goals which United have scored in only three games.