Man United boss demanding more despite fourth consecutive victory

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is delighted with his side’s 2-1 win over Stoke City on Tuesday, but believes his side can offer much more than what is currently displayed.

The victory was United’s fourth league win on the trot, with Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata on the score-sheet to cancel out Stoke’s Steven Nzonzi’s brilliant goal.

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And Van Gaal is not hiding his satisfaction, but stressed that it will still be a challenge for the Red Devils to remain in the top four this season.

“In the first half we were not aggressive enough and also we didn’t keep out positions on the pitch so I wasn’t pleased at half-time,” he told Sky Sports.

“I think the second half was much better. We created more chances – we scored, but we need to score more goals.

“You know that (Peter) Crouch is coming on and the long balls are coming, but I’m very happy that we held this result until the end.

“The last few minutes were not necessary. We have struggled till the end and in the Premier League it is common but I’m happy with the result. It’s our fourth victory in a row which is also important.

United will travel to the St. Mary’s on Monday to face third-placed Southampton in a mouth-watering top four clash.