“We’re not as far away as many people would have us and I’ve no doubt it’ll improve. We want to show we’re still in there fighting.

“I think the fans know exactly where we’re at just now. I think they know exactly where we’re going and exactly what the club’s plans are.

“I’ve said many times how well the supporters have reacted to what has been a difficult season. They’ve been great and the atmosphere has been great inside Old Trafford.

“They’ve played their part in helping the team. We’ve not always done our side of it but recently we have and the supporters responded to that as well.”