Manchester United midfielder Ashley Young believes fans should not be surprised by the team’s late resurgence in form as it is in-keeping with tradition at the club.
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Man United sometimes had patchy form but usually pulled away from their title rivals after Christmas.
It’s the sort of convincing form Fergie’s sides put in on an almost annual basis at this time of the season.
Young is happy with United’s good form but insisted the team are focused on finishing the campaign strongly.
Speaking about United’s recent results, Young said: “Obviously it is nice to be winning, but it’s about that momentum. Especially when you are going into this vital stage of the season now.
“United teams always come strong at this stage and we are showing in every game just how strong we can be – and even how we finish the game. There’s always been balance. In the last few weeks you see how it’s working.
“We work together as a team – always from the back to the front. We just want to keep the momentum we have shown, and the good positive play we have shown, especially in the last few games.
“It is nice to go out there and win games, controlling games. You saw against Villa, we controlled it from the first whistle right until the end.
“Not just in possession, but also getting in the box and having shots at goal and what not. We have just got to continue what we have shown and hopefully, fingers crossed, come the end of the season we will be as high as we can.”
After the disastrous reign of David Moyes last season, fans have been delighted to see belief and purpose come back into United’s play.
Van Gaal has brought a real confidence back to Old Trafford and many believe the team could finish as high as second come the end of the season.
United will be looking to continue their excellent run against Manchester City on Sunday but they will have to be wary of the threat of players such as Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure.