United have taken maximum points from the first three games in Group H - an improvement on last season, when the Reds had only mustered five points at the equivalent stage and ended up paying the price.
The first target is victory over Braga in Portugal on Wednesday and with it progression to the knockout stages - sounds like an ideal anniversary present for Sir Alex, who marks 26 years as Reds manager today (Tuesday).
"Yes, it would be a nice one," agreed the manager, when speaking to Inside United. "And with nine points from the first three games we really should be kicking on and make sure we confirm the number one spot. That’s the important thing. It’s always good to win your group."
Sir Alex attributes United's better results in Europe to selecting more experienced players in his sides this time round.
"After the experience of last season, we’re showing that we’re paying more attention to team selection in the sense that we’ve used a big proportion of experienced players," he said.
"The front players in our home game against Braga would be a handful for any team – van Persie, Chicharito and Rooney. Having a goal threat like that gives you a backbone."
That experience helped United come from behind to beat Braga a fortnight ago after the visitors had shocked Old Trafford by racing into a 2-0 lead - at a time when going behind was becoming a worrying trend for the Reds.