Manchester United boss David Moyes expects more clubs to give him "a bloody nose" this season but is confident the club is heading in the right direction after six consecutive victories.
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After falling adrift in the race for the Champions League places, let alone the title, United have rallied in December and now sit three points behind fourth-placed Everton although there is still a gap of eight points to Premier League leaders Arsenal at the halfway stage of the season.
"A year ago, I could not have envisaged this situation. I could not even have envisaged Manchester United having a new manager," said Moyes. "I am relatively pleased at how we have settled in.
"There are still going to be lots of times when I get a bloody nose. I will have to take that. But we will get there, I have no doubt about that.
"To win six games in a row would be well received anywhere at any time. At Manchester United it is the norm. I totally understand that. That is why I am not getting carried away. But it does get missed sometimes because people expect Manchester United to win all those games. It is nice to get a question about it though.
"Nobody will want Manchester United to be breathing down their necks. At the moment we are not close enough for them to feel our breath, so we have to get closer. We are working our way towards making that happen but until we keep winning and get closer to the top, there is nothing worth shouting about."