Sir Alex Ferguson is looking for his Manchester United side to build up a head on steam in the coming months.
A 2-0 victory against Blackburn at the weekend saw the champions get back on track in the Barclays Premier League, following their defeat by Liverpool. And on Sunday they travel to Stamford Bridge for a meeting with leaders Chelsea.
Ferguson said: "It is a tough league. We are experienced enough at this club to know how difficult it is to win the league. It is not going to be any different this year. The great thing about us is that we know it is a difficult league."
He added: "Mistakes are going to happen - you lose games you do not expect to lose. You go for consistency - and if we are in there in January we have a great chance."
That theme was taken up by by midfielder Michael Carrick, who said: "It is always a big game at Stamford Bridge, no matter what the occasion is.
"When it is tight at the top like it is, after the defeat to Liverpool we do not want to lose track on the big teams - and it will be an important game for us.
"At this stage of the season, it is just about accumulating points and seeing where you are in the later stages.
"The table is changing week-in, week-out. But after Christmas, things tend to settle down a bit.
"Then maybe you get one or two that pull away - and we hope we will be included in that. You've just got to believe in yourself; if you do, anything can happen."
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