Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drew on the inspiration of Sir Alex Ferguson to insist that the team were capable of winning ten games on the bounce, after equalling the record of most successive Premier League
wins for an incoming manager.
's caretaker has drawn level with Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola
after the win over Brighton and Hove Albion
took the perfect Premier League run under him to six; seven in all competitions.
'The gaffer used to challenge us at times with: "Why can't you win 10 games on the bounce?"' said Solskjaer, who has been tapping into Ferguson's knowledge.
'As long as you take one game at a time and prepare well we should go into any game as winnable one. We have had some tough years at the club but it's a challenge for us to get to where we as a club should be.'
Solskjaer - who suggested that match-winner Marcus Rashford is a challenger for the title of best current Premier League striker - said the top four was a genuine target for United, though third is surely still a firm aspiration.
He said he was not surprised by the run of wins - a radically different outcome than Jose Mourinho achieved with the same players. 'No, not when you look at the players I've got, just quality all over the place.'
And he said there was no pressure in the job he now holds. 'No. There's loads more pressure at the bottom when I was with Cardiff. You get more confident.
'You start trusting the boys more. You enjoy it more. It doesn't add pressure. But the pressure is at a club like this, we want to win every single game we play.'
Alexis Sanchez has still not started a game for Solskjaer, though the Norwegian suggested he may begin Friday's FA Cup 4th Round tie at Arsenal.
'He's obviously not 100 per cent match fit because he's been out for quite a while but possibly he'll be in the team in the FA Cup next week,' he said.