“At the end [against City] I felt a connection with the fans. We really want to win and to do that against a big rival, in our home. We live stronger with this. It was beautiful.”

United can enhance their title credentials this week when they travel to Crystal Palace on Wednesday followed by the crucial clash against Arsenal at the Emirates.

Two victories would extend their winning run and also put pressure on Mikel Arteta’s side, who opened up an eight-point lead at the top on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Tottenham.

“We have to look forward,” United midfielder Bruno Fernandes said. “We have to look forward to the next game because you can be closer, but if you don’t keep winning, it will go.

“Straight away, it’s Crystal Palace. It’s always tough to play there, we all know that. So our focus has to be straight on that.”