Wayne Rooney is confident that Manchester United can mount a Premier League title challenge, stating that Jose Mourinho has pieced together "a fantastic squad".
The Red Devils have gone three campaigns without landing the top-flight crown, with a 20th success secured in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season at the helm in 2012/13.
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal have failed to bring the good times back to Old Trafford, leading to the managerial baton being passed to Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese has a proven track record when it comes to establishing domestic dominance and - despite Monday’s 0-0 draw at Liverpool leaving United in seventh spot, five points adrift of table-topping Manchester City – Rooney is adamant that another sustained push for major honours can be pieced together.
“Yeah, I think we’ll be challenging this season,” he said after the Anfield stalemate. “We’ve still got that belief, and it is even stronger after working with this manager and the players over the last few months.
"I think we’ve got a fantastic squad - one that is ready and capable of challenging.”
Among those to have been added to the United squad – at some considerable cost – is France international midfielder Paul Pogba.
A former product of the Old Trafford academy system, the 23-year-old returned to England as the most expensive player in world football during the summer transfer window.
He is yet to produce his best back on the Premier League stage, but Rooney is convinced that a world-class talent will come good and prove any doubters wrong.
“Paul is a fantastic player. I think he is working hard, and he is doing well,” said the United and England skipper.
“It is a different league to what he’s been used to – he didn't really play last time when he was here, so this is all new.
"He is a fantastic player, and he will shine for us this season - of that there is no doubt.”