Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has been speaking of the importance of their 2-1 win against Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday.
It was the Red Devils’ second successive victory in the Premier League and saw them climb up to fourth in the table.
Heading into the two-week international break, Louis van Gaal’s side find themselves on 11 points from seven matches, eight points behind leaders Chelsea.
This is the first time that United have broken into the top four of the English top flight in more than a year, and De Gea is determined to maintain that position.
‘I think it's a vital three points, really important points for the team to get into the top four’, the Spain international told MUTV. ‘We need to go with the national teams but we'll come back and look forward’.
Note that De Gea speaks about getting into the top four and not about challenging for the title. Does this show a lack of ambition? Perhaps.
After all, Chelsea are not really that far away. True, there is an eight-point gap between United and the Blues, but Jose Mourinho’s side are bound to drop points at some stage of the season.
Defending champions Manchester City are five points behind Chelsea in second and only three points ahead of United. This is another promising sign for the Red Devils.
Of course, there is a long way to go in the title race and United have some serious issues to resolve. Van Gaal needs to make his team defensively better and maintain consistency in matches, but the Manchester outfit should still be aiming for the title.
Maybe De Gea and United are taking it one step at a time. United are finally in the top four of the league table, and that was always the first step. Now they need to make sure that they maintain that position and challenge for the title. Can they do so? Why not?