London: Goalkeeper David de Gea believes the busy holiday fixture list offers the perfect opportunity for Manchester United to put some pressure on the Premier League`s top two clubs.
United are third as they prepare to host Newcastle United on Friday, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea and seven behind champions Manchester City.
While a substantial gap, United are on a seven-match unbeaten run and beginning to look like a force again after a sticky start under new manager Louis van Gaal.
Spaniard De Gea, who has been instrumental in United`s upturn, says they must keep the momentum going.
"It`s all about keeping this good run going," De Gea told United website. "Both as an individual and as a team and keeping going with good results.
"This one is going to be a very, very big game. It`s really vital that we get the three points and keep this run going because I think we`re in some decent form at the moment."
After Newcastle, United travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Dec. 28 and Stoke City on New Year`s Day, meaning no rest for the former Atletico Madrid stopper, although Van Gaal did let the squad enjoy Christmas Day off.
"It`s a bit strange for all of us who are coming here from other leagues where we`ve been used to having a winter or at least a Christmas and New Year break," he said.
"At the same time, these are the fixtures you really enjoy. It`s a good period in the season and these games are always exciting."