Darren Fletcher says that Manchester United will be aiming to win the Premier League title this season.
The Scottish midfielder has been chosen as Louis van Gaal’s vice-captain and seems to share his manager’s famously high-standards when it comes to setting targets.
Many feel that a return to the top four would represent a successful season for United, after they suffered so badly following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson last campaign, but Fletcher disagrees and says that the Red Devils will be going all out to top the league.
"We're out to win the league," he says. "You start every season at Manchester United with the aim of winning the league. I don't think this club should ever fall into the trap of being satisfied with finishing in the top four. That's not the Manchester United I know.
"You play football to win trophies especially at this club. It's a dangerous mindset to be getting into if you start thinking you'd be happy to get into the top four and everybody around the squad is thinking about winning the league."
If United were to end up with the Premier League trophy it would be quite a turnaround from last season, where they slumped to a seventh placed finish.
The Red Devils were often found lacking quality under David Moyes’s stewardship and played with a lack of ideas and tempo on far too many occasions throughout the campaign.
However, under Van Gaal so far they have looked a different team. They remained unbeaten throughout pre-season and played with a verve that has been associated with the club during their dominance of English football.
The Dutchman has already brought a sense of anticipation around Old Trafford with pre-season performances and the summer signings meaning United fans are hoping for a much better campaign this time around.
The 63-year-old has brought in Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw on big money deals this summer, whilst it appears that more additions are to be expected before the end of the transfer window – with Arturo Vidal heavily linked.
It has caused the aura of intimidation around United to return after it evaporated last season and they will be looking to make a statement tomorrow when they take on Swansea City in the Premier League’s curtain-raiser.
It is a game which Fletcher is looking forward to and he believes that the side will thrive under the new found expectation and positive atmosphere at Old Trafford.
"We know last season was disappointing and the fans are desperate for us to put it right and that's what we want too," he said.
“The fans will definitely be excited to see the boss and the new signings. That should translate into a good atmosphere, which, in turn, usually helps us play well on the pitch. We all have to push in the right direction and use it as a positive."
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