Rooney claims Manchester United will be a Premier League force next season
Manchester United finished seventeen points behind champions Chelsea last season, although their captain claims it will be a different story for the new campaign.
Wayne Rooney is excited by the squad that has been assembled at Old Trafford, with Memphis Depay the notable summer signing to date, while Sergio Ramos could also be making his way to England.
The bookmakers certainly give United a sporting chance, with betway as short as 9/2 about Louis van Gaal steering the Red Devils to the title, although Ladbrokes offer a best price 11/2 for anyone interested in backing them.
Rooney believes that the Dutchman can shape the United squad into Premier League title challengers, with the skipper hoping that they can push Chelsea and Manchester City all the way next term.
He said on his official website: “I honestly believe we will go far next year and won’t be far off challenging for the league.
“If you look at the first 10 to 11 games, we only had around 13 points and if you look at where we finished, I think it shows we could have been up there with a better start.
“We’ve dominated and outplayed most teams but haven’t taken our chances to win those games. It could have been a different story if we had.
“The most important thing is as a squad, including the manager and myself, we believe we are close to challenging for the title.
“With a couple of signings in the summer we will have a good chance of doing that. It would be good to win as many cups as possible.
“A club like Manchester United should be winning trophies and hopefully next season we can put that right.”
He added: “You have to realise that at the start of the season we had a new manager, new coaches and a lot of new players.
“It was always going to be a tough ask for us to win the Premier League. It was a bit disappointing not to win any silverware, especially the FA Cup after the defeat to Arsenal in the quarter-finals.
“We had a great chance of going on to win that. It would have been a disaster if we didn’t get that Champions League spot but the main thing is that the club is now back where it belongs.”