Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping that Manchester United's return to the top of the Premier League table this weekend will prove to be a significant moment in the title race.
Wayne Rooney put Hull City to the sword after scoring all the goals in a 4-0 thrashing of the Tigers at Old Trafford.
The three points, coupled with main title rivals Chelsea and Arsenal being involved in FA Cup action this weekend, allowed United to return to the summit of the table for the first time in three months.
"It could be important," said Ferguson. "It's significant being top of the league at this point in the season. Chelsea and Arsenal have games in hand, but you have to win them.
"We are in the right place. It's good to be top of the league in January at the start of the run-in period."
Speaking about the red-hot form of Rooney, Ferguson was fulsome in his praise of the England striker.
He told MUTV: "Wayne was the undoubted highlight of the match. It's the first time that he's scored four goals for us. That is very pleasing and he is in excellent goalscoring form at the moment.
"He'll beat his previous best tally of 23 goals, I'm sure of that. He's in excellent form. It's only encouraging for Wayne because he's wanted to develop himself as a scorer."