Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believes his experience will be vital in their Premier League clash against arch rivals Liverpool.
The 33-year-old has been impressive with his all-round display for Van Gaal's side and scored in United's 3-0 win over Tottenham last weekend.
However, speaking ahead of the match at Anfield on Sunday, Carrick is hoping to have a good impact for the Reds as the season plays out.
"There is a responsibility that comes with the experience you have," he told United Review, as Manutd.com reported.
"There is a lot of experience within the squad and there is also a group of younger lads and you try to help them and give them advice at certain times.
"I'm not one to sit everyone down and discuss things; it’s more about giving advice and little pointers at different times.
"It's good to be back and I feel fine," he added, when asked about his fitness. "Once you get back, you just want a run of games and hopefully I can get that.
"It's been a bit of a nightmare season for me injury-wise and just at the time in my career where you’re getting a little bit older and you want to be playing as much as you can and enjoy your football.
"I’ve had a good run over the years, though, and hopefully this is the only blip so I can bounce back and get a good run of fitness now."
Louis van Gaal's side have a tough run of fixtures [against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal] coming, with Liverpool this weekend being the first test and Carrick, who was called up to the England squad, reckons picking up maximum points in those matches will be key to the Red Devils' battle for a Champions League spot.
"The thing about the next few games is the fact they’re against the teams around us, that’s what makes it even more important to pick up maximum points," he explained.
"Form-wise we haven’t been bad, but just as we seemed to be getting on a really good run, we had a little setback, which stopped us being an extra place or two higher up the league. Getting a good run of wins is going to be very important.
"The confidence is there and the belief is there," the former Tottenham midfielder continued. "We have tough games coming up but we’re not in a bad position. If we can get the right results, we can get ourselves in an even better position in the weeks to come, that's our aim."