Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says the win away at Arsenal was the turning point for the side under Louis van Gaal.
United suffered a frustrating start to life under the Dutchman but defeated Southampton last night to maintain their impressive run of recent form and Neville believes the turning point was the win in North London.
“I think the turning point was the win at Arsenal – To go there and get a victory was a great result for van Gaal,” said Neville on Monday Night Football for Sky Sports.
United have now won five games in a row following the defeat in the Manchester derby, which has allowed van Gaal’s side to move into third place in the Premier League table.
Reports before the start of the season suggested that third place was the target for the club, with Champions League football for next season important for financial reasons away from the pitch.
United are enduring an extremely difficult patch, with tricky injury problems meaning van Gaal is being deprived of the chance to play his strongest eleven against the club’s main rivals.
However, United are finding ways to get results in big games against the teams they will be competing against for European football over the second half of the campaign.
Arsenal may have been the turning point, but the trick for the side now is to maintain a healthy level of consistency and play well as key players return to the side from the treatment room.