United boss Van Gaal is still without a win after three Premier League matches following Saturday's uninspiring 0-0 draw at Burnley.
Van Gaal's misery was compounded by a calf injury to Angel di Maria, although the United manager stressed the British record signing's problem was not serious after the final whistle.
"When you have two points (out of) nine that is not good enough and that is disappointing," said Van Gaal, who also saw his team lose 4-0 to MK Dons on Tuesday in the Capital One Cup.
"The progress is there, but you have to win, a club like Manchester United have to win. At the moment it's certainly not a world-class team, but we have to wait, and have belief that it will come.
"You have to play the ball against teams like Burnley, we did that better in the second half and created chances. But you have to score from those chances, and we didn't do that. It's a disappointing result."
Robin van Persie shoots against Burnley (Reuters)
When the fixture list came out in June, it looked as though fortune had shone on Van Gaal and United. Instead, two points from nine against favourable opposition and a League Cup meltdown have highlighted the severity of United’s regression since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.
David Moyes often delivered perplexing post-match analysis, praising his side for inept performances – a process Van Gaal swerved on this occasion (although his use of the word 'progress' was a touch baffling) – but he actually delivered maximum points in the corresponding fixtures last season, Burnley aside.
United are continuing to sink, despite possessing the personnel easily capable of beating the likes of Sunderland and Burnley, and you have to wonder whether Van Gaal might be better off ditching 3-5-2 until the squad is more settled and they've actually secured a three point haul.
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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Rio Ferdinand returns to Old Trafford with QPR intent on continuing his former side’s rot after the international break. United have three very winnable fixtures in September before a clash with Everton kick-starts a tricky period for Van Gaal’s men.
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