Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes that the Red Devils are right back in the title race following the 3-0 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Sunday's victory over the Reds was United's sixth win in a row in the Premier League and the win sees them sitting comfortably in third place just eight points behind leaders Chelsea, and with more than half a season remaining, the Dutchman believes that his team can challenge the Blues all the way to the title.

Van Gaal was delighted with the win and revealed that his wife and cook were very happy too, but believes that the Old Trafford side can still improve their playing style in the coming weeks.

"Of course. We have won six matches in a row now and that's fantastic. But we have to improve our playing style still – and I say that nearly every week," Van Gaal said, as quoted by the Mirror.

"We have to improve, but we're very pleased because we know what it is to win against Liverpool. Everybody is happy. My cook is happy, my wife is happy and I'm happy!"

Meanwhile, United midfielder Michael Carrick, who played a key role during the victory over their arch rivals, has echoed his manager's statements and believes that if they can stay in touch with the top teams after the busy Christmas period, they can challenge for the title come May.

"We're always looking at how we can get to the top. We need to stay up there, we need to stay in touch, then come Christmas and come January, as we've said for many years now, if we're up there challenging then we'll give ourselves a great chance," Carrick explained.