"The most important thing to do is to stay in touch," he said. "Of course, you would prefer to start with maximum points rather than play catch-up.
"But we had a similar start last season and things worked out quite well.
"We have already got some tough away games out of the way and if we can get a good result at Arsenal and don't drop any other cheap points, we should be fine for the second half of the season."
Van der Sar insists victory against Hull must be achieved if United are to gather momentum for a trophy tilt he feels the European Champions are capable of.
"The Premier League and Champions League are hard trophies to win but we have added more quality to the squad and hopefully we can go all the way again," he said.