Ryan Giggs feels United are in the perfect position to kick on with the pursuit of another league title.
Eight wins from the last nine Barclays Premier League matches have drawn United level on points with leaders Manchester City, while the Reds' impressive form has also yielded a flood of goals to make a significant dent in City's goal-difference advantage.
Injuries may be continuing to mount for the Reds, but Giggs says they will not detract from the team's focus and he insists United's knowhow of dealing with pressure situations in the second half of the campaign will once again be key to the title challenge.
"The experience that the manager, the players and the coaching staff have of what's required in the second half of the season, as well as the overall hunger and desire to win competitions, will help us," Ryan told ManUtd.com.
"Big players can't wait for big games. Towards the end of the season the games just get bigger and bigger. For me personally, you want that in the run-in - you want to be involved in big games and going for the title. That's why you become a footballer."
The unexpected exits from the Champions League and Carling Cup have been obvious low points this term, but bar those disappointments, Giggs says everyone is reasonably satisfied with the way things have unfolded in the league.
"It's been a strong start from us," he added. "Obviously City have got off to a better start but