Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his side are moving in the right direction to one day dislodge Manchester City and Liverpool as the top two teams in the country.
United have enjoyed a resurgence since January - coinciding with the arrival of Bruno Fernandes - and are currently on a 19-game unbeaten streak.
The Red Devils have hopes of Champions League qualification in their own hands after taking 20 points from a possible 24 since the Premier League restarted, and are still in the Europa League and FA Cup.
United are 13 points behind rivals Manchester City and 31 behind Liverpool, with the pair out in a league of their own over the past two seasons - but Solskjaer is confident his side are on the right track to close the gap.
“We’re in a much better place than we were a year ago but this is still just the start,” the United manager said [via the Mirror].
"We have to keep on growing, keep on improving and trying to move closer to the teams in front of us and, when the time is there, hopefully we can jump above them.
"There’s a big challenge, they’ve been two top teams, they’ve been fantastic for the last two years and the chasing pack, with us and the other teams around, we have a challenge on our hands.
“But we’ve always believed in this squad and the way we work, and we thought with time we could improve, develop and get closer to the top of the league.”
United have not tasted defeat since they slumped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Burnley in January.
The £47m signing of Fernandes has provided his side with a new lease of life, and Monday's 2-2 draw with Southampton was only the second time the Red Devils have dropped points since the Premier League restarted in June.