Chris Smalling wants Manchester United to be within striking distance of top spot in the Premier League table by the end of January, as they bid to arrest their alarming slump in form.
United have slipped nine points behind leaders Arsenal and Leicester during an eight-match winless run; they face Swansea on Saturday without a victory since November 21.
“It is a crazy league this season and, when you slip up as a team, you look at the scores and see two or three other teams who you’d expect to win slipping up as well,” Smalling told MUTV.
“It is so competitive amongst the teams in the league, positions are always changing and there aren’t many points between teams.
“You just need to be consistent and we need to get back to that, like we were earlier in the season when we were top. With any consistency in this league, you can shoot up the table and create a gap.
“As I say, it wasn’t long ago when we were at the top. The league is that close – if you get three wins on the bounce then you can be within touching distance of the lead.
“Our aim is to get to the end of January and be within touching distance of the top. From there on, anything is possible.”