Manchester United winger Ashley Young hopes the Reds can build on their 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday, as he targets a winning run with his side.
The Red Devils ran out 2-0 winners when they played the Black Cats at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney scored the opener from the penalty spot after Radamel Falcao was brought down by John O'Shea and late in the match the United Captain headed home the winner, handing Van Gaal's side three points.
And, when Young was asked on the importance of the triumph he told MUTV: “I think it’s vitally important. I think it’s the United way - picking up [lots of] points after the turn of the year.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game on Wednesday away to Newcastle – we’ve always found it tough up there – but as long as we can play in the way we did [against Sunderland] and add to that, then I’m sure we can go on and get three points.”
The Reds' wide-man had a very good performance against Gus Poyet's side and hopes he can maintain the performance week in week out.
“As a player, you always want to start games. I'm no different to that, I want to play in every game. Fingers crossed I can stay in the starting line-up and keep putting in performances like I showed today.”
Young also reserved some praise for Manchester United's double-goalscorer Rooney who became the first player in the Premier League to score 10 goals or more in 11 consecutive seasons.
“There’d just been a man sent off and he was waiting around for the referee to blow his whistle – that’s when you’ve got to keep your focus,” Young explained. “He kept his cool, kept his focus and slotted it away – that’s Wayne all over. It was a great performance from him today.
“We came out in the second half fully composed; everyone wanted to get on the ball. We got our chance, Wazza scored the penalty and we didn’t look back.”