Ander Herrera believes Manchester United’s timely four-match winning run has made “everything” possible.
In little over a week the mood around Old Trafford has lifted considerably, thanks to the emergence of exciting young talents and a string of victories.
The FA Cup defeat of Shrewsbury and Europa League mauling of FC Midtjylland was followed by Sunday’s Marcus Rashford-inspired 3-2 win against title-chasing Arsenal.
Juan Mata’s late free-kick saw United run out 1-0 victors against Watford on Wednesday to maintain that momentum, moving them level on points with fourth-place Manchester City.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have a game in hand but the midweek slip-ups by those sat in the Champions League places has led confidence to build at Old Trafford.
“We are showing passion,” midfielder Herrera said. “We fight to the end.
“We show when we don’t play well we can win. I think that the attitude is very good.
“I am optimistic because we can still fight for everything. We want to be in the top four.
“We know it’s not easy because our opponents are tough – but we are Man United: we have to win.
“We have three competitions to play and we are going to fight to the end.”
Herrera was not at his most effective on Wednesday, although few United players reached anywhere near their best against an impressive Watford side.
The wind whipping around Old Trafford did not help, but Herrera believes the fact they eked out the three points underlines their strength of character.
“We didn’t play well,” he told MUTV. “We couldn’t move the ball from side to side in the first half.
“We were not so good with the ball in the beginning. We gave them some chances – but if you want to win the race for the top four we want to learn to win these sort of games.
“When you have players like Juan who can make the difference it is much better. We know that a few weeks ago we didn’t play so good.
“We lost matches we shouldn’t have lost, but we have choices: we can give up and the other one is to fight to the end. That’s what we are going to do.”