Manchester United star Ashley Young believes that the club’s new summer signings can help them wrestle the Premier League title away from Chelsea this season, Daily Star reports.
United have signed several players before the start of the new campaign, with more still being targeted by the Red Devils.
And Young is adamant that manager Louis van Gaal’s choices in the transfer market can help propel United to another Premier League title, with their last one coming in 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge.
He said: “The new players are big characters. Matteo [Darmian] is the quiet one out of them but they’ve all fitted in really well.
“I remember when I first joined – coming on tour and integrating into the squad was great and that’s exactly what they’ve all done and they’ve been welcomed with open arms.
“When you see new signings you’re delighted and you want to help them settle straightaway.
“It also gives competition for places which you expect at a club like United.
“Everyone is fighting to be in that starting XI and everyone wants to get back to winning titles and trophies and that’s our aim this season.”
The 30-year-old winger also added he will do everything he can to be part of Van Gaal’s first-team plans despite all the new signings.
He added: “The team spirit we have is fantastic but everyone is fighting to get into that starting line-up for that first game – you’ve seen that in how high the tempo is in training.
“There is real competition for places, everyone is pushing each other so you have to give 100 per cent, day in, day out in training and in the games. And when we find out the team for the first game I hope I’m in it!”
Young may have a chance to impress with the expected departure of Angel di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain, but he will still need to battle for places if Van Gaal goes out and signs Barcelona’s Pedro, who is being heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford.