Wayne Rooney is confident that Manchester United will challenge for the Premier League title next year after achieving their aim of returning to the Champions League in Louis van Gaal’s first season in charge of the club.
There is no doubt that a club of United’s stature should be challenging for trophies on a regular basis but they have needed a season of re-building after the disaster under David Moyes in 2013-14, where they capitulated to seventh place after winning the league the previous season in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final year in charge.
The clear-out which saw them lose over 20 faces last summer started the re-build and the new signings which came to the club have begun to show their true class in recent months after taking a while to settle into their new surroundings.
United’s victories over Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester City showed that when everyone is fit, they have the potential to dominate the best sides in the division. The only thing standing between them and a title push next year is consistency.
With Memphis Depay already passing his medical at the club, per the MEN, and several more new signings likely to follow, expect the re-build to be fully completed over this summer, meaning the United squad will have the required balance in all areas to compete in all four competitions next season.
Club captain Rooney was in bullish mood over their chances next season at United’s Player of the Year awards. He was quoted by the Mirror as saying, “Unfortunately no silverware this season, but I think we're looking forward.
“We've done what we wanted to do this season. The main aim this season was to get back in the Champions League. We've done that and we know we've got the quality in the squad to push on next season.
“We want to go and win the last game of the season, then next season we really want to push for silverware.”
Rooney admitted that the players found it tough when Van Gaal first took over to get used to the Dutchman’s methods but believes it has benefitted them massively in the long run.
He continued, “The manager has come in and he's been excellent. It's a different way of working, a different way to what we were used to, but I think the players have embraced that. I think the first few months it was different, we found it tough and I think that probably showed in our performances.
“But since then I think everyone has seen the quality of football we've been playing and I'm sure with the experience the manager has got we'll kick on from that, learn a lot and it will benefit us.”