Chiefs have managed four wins in five games since Middendorp’s return to the club at the start of December, when he took over at the helm from Giovanni Solinas.
They have also since scored nine goals and conceded just two, with each department looking more solid with every passing game.
Though Manyama has yet to get onto the scoresheet under his new boss, the 28-year-old feels the reason for their revitalisation is quite obvious, although further improvement can still be made from an individual perspective.
“I always believe that if you’ve got a good driver, the bus always goes in the right direction,” said Manyama, alluding to the new coach.
“Obviously the talent in the squad is there but individually we cannot do anything, so we have to try and play as a team and try to improve one another.
“The quality is there but we also have to remain as a unit and have one vision, which is to put Kaizer Chiefs back where it belongs.”
Amakhosi have travelled to Zambia, where they will square off with domestic champions Zesco United in their CAF Confederation Cup play-off round first leg tie on Sunday afternoon.