The England international says the Old Trafford outfit were frustrated by their early displays and admits he is surprised they have improved so quickly under David Moyes
The Red Devils suffered league defeats against West Brom, Liverpool and Manchester City at the start of the campaign as they began the defence of their title in inconsistent form.
However, David Moyes’ men have improved in recent weeks and, after beating league leaders Arsenal on Sunday, now lie in fifth place just five points from top spot.
"After a shocking start we are not in a bad position. We never really got too despondent," he told reporters.
"We were frustrated with our performances and results. But you have to stay patient and trust yourself. We knew there was a long way to go. There still is a long way to go.
"In some ways we probably didn't think a few weeks ago we would be in this position quite as quickly. At the same time, we are not in bad shape at the moment. It is so early anyway.
"It is easy to jump on the bandwagon when we have lost a game or two and people are saying it is all wrong. We knew that wasn't the case.
"You can take it as a compliment in some ways because of what we have done over the years.
"When we are not at the top, because of our recent run in the league, people are asking questions and criticising.
"In some ways it is fair. In some ways we take it with a pinch of salt. We look at how we deal with it from within."
United travel to Cardiff City for their next Premier League fixture after the international break.