"We lost quite clearly against Everton last year. We've spoken enough about what happened that day and how we looked like a team. It was more or less a shambles. But I've said too many times this year as well, we're not that group anymore. This is a different group, a group that's ready for the fight and is ready for the football.
He went on, scoffing at suggestions that United's aspirations of a top four finish have ever been 'ridiculous', as they look to cut the five point gap between themselves and Chelsea.
"It's never been ridiculous! It's never ridiculous in October or November. This club has never ever won the league by then.
"We're not talking about winning the league now but I've said all along this group needs time. We need to develop as a group and a team. And we are going to because they have the right attitude.
"I don't think about it in December, not at all. There are too many games in December, January, February, March, April. You can't start looking at the result and outcome.
"We just need to keep doing what we're doing, keep developing this team, keep sticking to what we believe in, improving day by day. I believe then that the result will come."