United's assistant manager Mick Phelan is as thrilled as anyone by the Reds' recent winning streak and is confident there is more to come from the side in the run-in...
The clean sheet run now stands at 13 successive games. As coaches how proud are you of the record?
Records are not something you go out to achieve – you find yourself in with a chance of breaking them. As coaches we are here to service the players. We have ideas and ways of doing things, but mainly we’re here to benefit the players and get them fit, focused and ready to play matches. We give them a little direction and they go and produce the football and take the achievements – it’s as simple as that.
And the fact that there has not been a settled back four has made the run even more remarkable…
Yes, even though we’ve had such a good defensive record, we’ve had several injuries in that area, so we've coped very well. We’ve given debuts to a few players this year and managed to maintain the sequence of results. For new players such as Richard Eckersley, Fabio, Danny Welbeck and Darron Gibson to come in and complement the team says a lot about the squad of players we have here.
Is it pleasing to have won so many close games?
We’ve had a few 1-0 victories this season and the way we have controlled games when leading by a single goal has been very pleasing. The overall form of the team has impressed us because it is improving all the time. But there are goals in this side: everyone’s weighing in from all over the pitch and I think we’ll see more goals