Chris Smalling believes Manchester United are beginning to make their traditional approach to the top of the Premier league. 

Following a troublesome start to the campaign under David Moyes, which saw just three wins in their first eight matches, United's triumph over Arsenal on Sunday saw them climb to fifth, just five points off the top. 

A recent return to form has seen the Premier League champions come back in true United fashion, fathoming an unbeaten run that stretches back to the beginning of October. 

And Smalling can only see more good times approaching, telling his club's official website: "We are starting to show a bit more form and consistency.

"That's positive given how we started the season.

"It's starting to come together now and come January and the new year, we'll be really flying and showing that consistency United have become known for over many years."

Moyes' men don't particularly have the easiest of fixture list's to embrace after the forthcoming international break. Three consecutive away ties starts with a trip to Cardiff, who have already beaten title rivals Manchester City on home turf. 

That clash is followed by a trip to Germany in the Champions League and finally a visit to White Hart Lane on December 1.

Consequently, the next fixture at Old Trafford see's Moyes' old club Everton come to town in what will be a truly emotional encounter, given the staff that now sit in the United dressing room. 

But given current form, England defender Smalling believes the side have enough to approach the fixtures with self-belief. 

"After the international break, we have got three tough away games but we can approach them with a lot of confidence," he said.

"The run of results we are on at the minute shows we can go anywhere."

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