The Red Devils edged out Sheffield United 3-2 at Bramall Lane on Thursday thanks to two goals from Marcus Rashford and one from Anthony Martial.
The victory takes their recent record to five wins and a draw in their last six Premier League outings as they climb to sixth in the table and just five points off Liverpool at the top.
It has been an impressive turnaround in recent weeks by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, who host Leeds United on Sunday and will be hoping to finish the weekend in the Champions League spots.
Their players are starting to believe that, despite losing three of their first six league games this season, they have turned it around enough to be in the hunt for the title.
‘We knew what to expect, that they would fight for their life,’ Nemanja Matic told the BBC after coming from behind to beat the Blades. ‘Unluckily we conceded a goal with a small mistake but we were capable of turning the game around and scoring three goals.
‘It’s a very important three points for us, it takes us closer to the top teams. They don’t deserve to only have one point this season, but that’s football.
Fred, who spent the game on the bench in Yorkshire, is preparing for a busy festive period, with United playing four more games before the end of December.
League fixtures against Leeds, Leicester and Wolves are to come, and a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Everton, but the Brazilian knows that his side are in good form and three more wins will put them in an excellent spot.
‘If we can win all of them, we’ll be very close to the leaders at the top of the league or we could even take first place,’ Fred told Manchester United’s official website.
‘So we’ll look to win every game and I’m certain our team will do everything to reach the top of the table and stay there.’