Manchester United have stuck a purple patch at an important time in the season and are now on a 4 match winning streak in all competitions.
The victory against Shrewsbury saw them book a place in the quarter final of the FA Cup and the 5 goal victory over Midtjylland in the second leg saw them set up a superb encounter with rivals Liverpool in the Round of 16 in the Europa League.
Spanish mid-fielder Juan Mata’s superb free-kick was the difference between the sides against Watford at Old Trafford on Wednesday and that win took the Red Devils to the 5th spot, level on points with 4th place Manchester City.
All this happened in a span of 11 days and this run of form has increased the confidence in the dressing room.
So much so that mid-fielder Ander Herrera came out to make a bold statement saying Manchester United are back in the hunt for ‘everything’.
“We are showing passion,” he said. “We fight to the end. We show when we don’t play good we can win.”
“I think that the attitude is very good. I am optimistic because we can still fight for everything.”
Manchester United have a great chance to make it into the top four if recent results persist but they will have to be at their best to stay there and be consistent to end the season on a high.
The mid-fielder acknowledged that teams above them are tough to beat but added that they have what it takes to beat them and that they will do everything to move into the top four this season.
“We want to be in the top four. We know it’s not easy because our opponents are tough – but we are Man United – we have to win.
“We have three competitions to play and we are going to fight to the end.”
United manager Louis van Gaal who was almost sacked according to reports in the media just last month has seen a vast turnaround in fortunes of his club. Recent victories against Arsenal and Watford have lifted the pressure off of the Dutchman and if he is able to take the club to the Champions League next season, he may well stay at the helm of Old Trafford for another season.
The victory against Watford was not easy as for most of the game, the visitors threatened to score but paid the price when Mata’s sublime free-kick snatched away all three points on the night.
Herrera added: “We didn’t play well. We couldn’t move the ball from side to side in the first half.”
“When you have players like Juan who can make the difference it is much better.”
However, United have looked a better side in the last few games and Herrera pointed out that a club of United’s stature should be winning games that they do not perform up to their standard.
“I think three of these four games we have played really good. Today we didn’t do that. We have to be honest – but when you are Man United you have to learn to win these types of games,” he added.