Van Gaal taking ‘step by step’ approach with improving United

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is not getting too carried away with his side’s form of late.

The Red Devils edged Watford 1-0 at Old Trafford on Wednesday night to make it four wins on end in all competitions.

The result puts United fifth on the Premier League table, equal on points with fourth-placed Manchester City, which has enhanced their Champions League chances but van Gaal was eager to deflect that thought by focusing on the next game which comes in the form of a trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

“We have to go step by step, I think,” Van Gaal said regarding his side’s top-four pursuit.

“Of course we have now four victories in a row, it is fantastic, but we have a very small selection at the moment.

“We have the same problems as three weeks ago. Players are coming back but still I have to solve a problem every week in my line-up, so when players are coming back, they are not fit enough.

“You see how (Marcos) Rojo is struggling. I gave (him time in recent games) and I have to do that in matches in the Premier League. It is better to do in the second team but I am forced to do that.

“I think we are doing great the last four matches but still we have to go step by step.”

Juan Mata scored the only goal of the clash with the Hornets, producing a sublime free-kick in the 83rd minute to give United back-to-back league wins for the first time since November.

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