Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has said he expects his former club to lift the Premier League trophy this season.
United last won the title in 2013 under Sir Alex Ferguson and they are currently topping the league table this season with 40 points.
It has been a dramatic turnaround for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side – having finished 33 points behind champions Liverpool last season – and Rooney points the reason on the signings of Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani.
Derby manager Rooney, a five-time Premier League winner at Old Trafford, feels the new arrivals have restored a winning mentality to the club and given Paul Pogba the freedom to finally flourish at United.
“The last few years, Manchester United haven’t been ready to challenge for the title, but now they’ve brought in players like Fernandes and Cavani – players with a winning mentality – that has helped massively,” said Rooney ahead of this weekend’s Sky Bet Championship match at QPR.
“And now the squad is challenging for a Premier League title. I said to the coaches in the office here six weeks ago that I thought Manchester United will win the League. I still feel that today.
“Paul Pogba will have a massive part to play in that. Those players that have been brought in with winning mentalities will relieve some of the pressure from Paul a bit, and he can now show his quality on the pitch.”
Meanwhile, United’s chances for the title was boosted after defending champions Liverpool were defeated 1-0 at Anfield by Burnley on Wednesday night – their first home defeat since 2017.