FRASER AIRD reckons putting Manchester United to the sword has given him his sharpness back for Dunfermline’s play-off bid.
The former Rangers winger netted a double for the Pars in a 4-0 win over the Red Devils’ under-23s side last week to earn himself a rare start against Queen of the South at the weekend.
The Canada internationalist then sparked a vital 3-1 victory for the Fifers against the Doonhamers to put them firmly back in the promotion hunt in fourth spot.
The 23-year-old is now desperate to keep hitting top form against Livingston on Tuesday night as the East End Park men attempt to keep themselves in a play-off spot in their remaining five matches.
He said: “Obviously I was delighted I got a chance to get back in the team at the weekend. It’s been a while coming.
“I thought I played well and the manager thought I played well. I know myself I did well and it was nice to get an assist for the first goal and to take part in the game.
“The main focus was to go and get three points, especially against a team right behind us in the league, and hopefully we can push on between now and the end of the season and keep going.
“We have another chance against Livingston to get another three points and keep pushing up the league.”
Saturday was only the eighth time Aird has started a game this season and the first time since November 25.
He added: “The game against Man U was needed for a lot of the boys. We scored a few goals, but we actually played really well, I thought, considering the team they brought up.
“Before that, I think I had played a reserve game against Raith about a month and a half ago.
“I had made a few appearances off the bench, but if you’re not playing games it’s tough for any player.
“It just shows you if you go and catch the manager’s eye and do well in games like that, and treat them professionally, it gives the manager something to think about.
“I got my chance and hopefully I’ve taken it enough to keep myself in the team.”