Nigel Pearson insists there has been no change in the way Watford approach games, ahead of their clash with Manchester United.

A winless streak of four games, in which the Hornets have managed just two shots on target in each, could be seen as a cause for concern, but the head coach said he is not interested in allowing recent results to change the way he prepares for a game.

When asked if now was the time to take more risks on the pitch, he replied: "Do you think we haven't taken risks?

"We approach every game in a very similar way and that is to try and be as positive as we can. We'll go out there and we'll do what we can to win the game, we've not changed our approach, it's just that results sometimes change how people perceive things.

"That's not my intention to start reacting in that sort of a way. I know what we're capable of, I know that the players, generally speaking, have given as much as they can give and that's all I can ask for. My job is to build the framework for the players to work in and they have to go out and try and win games. We'll get back to that this weekend."

If Pearson does claim victory over United on Sunday, he will become only the fourth English manager to do the double over them, following Alan Curbishley, Glenn Hoddle and Garry Monk.

However, he claims he is not interested in such statistics and said escaping the relegation zone is much more important.

"Winning games is important and it's really as simple as that," he said.

"We're going to try and go into this game to win it. Those types of facts, statistics, do they motivate me? Not particularly, if I'm honest. What motivates me is trying to help the football club to get ourselves out of the situation that we're in.

"Now clearly we need to win games to do that, so it would be great to do it, but it's not a driver for me, those types of potential statistics. We're realistic about the situation that we're in, we're aware that we as a club need to start getting back to winning ways."