John Egan believes United's consistent defensive record can aid their hopes in the final seven games of the season.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's trip across the Pennines to face Preston North End, the Republic of Ireland international is optimistic ahead of the clash in Lancashire.
He remarked: "Eight clean sheets in ten games in really good. It's not fluke and testament to the whole team and the way we've been defending.
"I think we've got the most clean sheets in the league and that really does show how good we can be defensively.
"There will be times when you concede goals and that happened against Villa and Bristol City, where all the goals we're avoidable.
"We've just got to keep trying to be solid and it's a really good foundation for us to build on."
Egan added: "We're not thinking too far down the line. Throughout the season we've treated every game as it comes, you can't be thinking too much about what could happen elsewhere.
"We know how quickly this league can change, 10 or 11 games ago we were off the pace, we then climbed to second and are currently sitting in third.
"If you start looking at possible outcomes you can take your eye off the ball and every team in this division is capable of getting a result against anyone."