The next Manchester United target - overtaking Manchester City

Manchester United may well fancy their chances of catching a faltering City side.

Manchester United's win 3-0 over Tottenham was a shot in the arm for Louis van Gaal's side for many reasons.

Not only did the Old Trafford side consolidate their own Champions League position, while dismissing a challenger, they also put in the kind of dominant, organised and ruthless performance that was a hallmark of their play under Sir Alex Ferguson.

And it also gave them the opportunity to look at who is above them rather than who is chasing them.

The win was their third on the bounce since the 2-1 loss to Swansea, and left the Red Devils in a strong position moving into the last nine games of the season.

In that time, crosstown rivals Manchester City have suffered something of a collapse in form, losing twice including a shock reverse against relegation threatened Burnley on Saturday.

Manuel Pellegrini's team have been chasing Chelsea for much of the season, but now find United and Arsenal hot on their heels. United are now just two points off that second spot with a home derby date to come in the middle of April.

Van Gaal's target before the start of the season would surely have been to finish in the Champions League places, but if he can also finish above Manchester City, arguably many people's title tips, he will surely have had a successful debut campaign in the Premier League.

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