Javier Hernandez insists the Manchester United players have treated every tour match as an important game and will continue to stick with the same formula for the International Champions Cup final against Liverpool.
Chicharito came off the bench to net United's third goal in the 3-1 win over Real Madrid on Saturday and says the Reds are looking to build on some impressive pre-season displays.
"The games have been friendlies but we've treated them like important matches," he told MUTV. "It was a very good win and a very good performance [against Real Madrid].
"The boss told us that the most important thing here is to play as a team. We're getting used to the system he wants us to play and with every game we're looking to improve. That's good for us."
The Mexican striker added that working under van Gaal has been a great learning experience for everyone.
"He has lots of experience and has won many trophies, and you can see why. He's very direct and he loves the game. We just need to listen, learn and perform on the field," he explained.
"The most important thing is to improve in every match to get ready for the game against Swansea."