Edwin van der Sar has admitted Manchester United have yet to find their best form this season.
The reigning champions sit in fourth spot in the Premier League, eight points off the leaders after an indifferent start to the campaign.
United have lost to title rivals Liverpool and Arsenal and drawn at Chelsea so far this campaign and Van der Sar accepts it is vital they reverse those results when they welcome their rivals to Old Trafford later in the season.
"It would be better if you were as close as possible, of course, or even better if you have the points in the pocket already," Van der Sar told Sky Sports News.
"At the moment it hasn't happened for us and hopefully we can put a run of games together and get 10 games in a row.
"We have been playing a couple of hard games away from home. We have played the big three away from home and only got one point out that.
"Hopefully when they come back to Old Trafford then we can get maximum points from that, it would be great."