Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has said that it is vital the Red Devils go into December on top of the Premier League table.
United face table toppers Leicester City in the late game this Saturday, and a win will see them leapfrog their opponents to stay on top of the league.
"It’s very important to start this period on top of the table and carry on building confidence before games on Boxing Day and over Christmas," he told MUTV, manutd.com reports. "We know we can build on the strong back four, we aren’t going to concede many goals and it’s very good to be sure about a strength like this.
"If you want to win the league, you need strong foundations and a strong defence and that's what we have. We want to take this game and win; we’ll make sure that Leicester find it difficult."
Schneiderlin also praised Leicester striker Jamie Vardy who is looking to surpass Van Nistelrooy's record of scoring in ten consecutive Premier League games.
“He’s been brilliant, it’s amazing to score that many goals for a team but especially a team like Leicester, who last year secured their safety in the last few games," he added. "What they're doing is very good; to be top at the end of November and start of December, it’s very good for their club but now they have a difficult period. We’ll do our best to expose them and make sure Vardy doesn’t get the record.
“It’s not only one player in a team. He gets all the rewards by scoring goals, but I’m sure his team-mates are doing a great job. I know they have good, strong players and their manager is a good organiser. He’s an Italian coach who organises teams very well, so it will be a hard game but we know that if we play at full strength, with our quality, we can be first."