Manchester United progressed to the FA Cup fourth round with a narrow victory over Sheffield United on Saturday evening.

Despite an underwhelming performance in which the Reds had just two shots on target, including Wayne Rooney’s late penalty, Louis van Gaal defended his side’s display.

The Reds had created very few scoring chances before Memphis Depay was brought down in the 93rd minute after his surge into the penalty area, with Rooney converting the resulting spot kick.

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Here’s what Van Gaal had to say after the game:

We have to do better than today, of course. We have to play the ball quicker, we have to move the ball. You have to see it as a player, and the pass has to be at the right speed, and we can improve in that. But how many chances has Sheffield United created? Nobody is talking about that, everybody is talking about the fantastic defence of Sheffield United. I don’t think that you can do different as a player of the second level.

Speaking to BT Sport, Wayne Rooney also had this to say:

You want to win games and the way you win is by creating chances and scoring goals. Today we found it tough to break them down, but we did what we needed to do. We won the game and we’re in the draw for the next round. We know we’re improving as a team – we can feel that. This cup can throw up a lot of surprises. It was important we got through and we did that.