Wayne Rooney insists Manchester United are ready to strike should rivals Manchester City slip in the race for the Barclays Premier League title.
Roberto Mancini's side made their statement with a 6-1 win at Old Trafford back in October, but the gap at the top is down to just two points as the Red Devils continue on a fine run of recent form.
After grinding out some tough victories, Sir Alex Ferguson's side hit top gear against Fulham last night, and Rooney insists the change in fortunes, particularly away from home, has left the champions well-placed heading into 2012.
"It was a great win for us - it has been an amazing turnaround in our away form. We played really well, we took our chances and it was comfortable in the end," he told the BBC post-match.
"In the second half we took our foot off the gas but we were always in control and we knew we were going to win the game. We have a lot of games coming up so it was nice to not have to run as much as usual.
"We knew that if we could win. We have two home games coming up, so we need to keep pushing and if City slip up we will be there waiting."
After making his 300th English top flight appearance at Craven Cottage last night, the England international striker will be expecting to keep the club on the pace at the top of the league with home clashes against Wigan and Blackburn next on the agenda between Christmas and New Year.