Manchester United great Eric Cantona has backed Jose Mourinho’s squad to get back to challenging for the title, three years since they last won the Premier League.
Cantona, 50, won four league titles with United prior to retiring in 1997 at the end of a colourful career in which he became a cult figure at Old Trafford.
And under the just-as-colourful Mourinho, King Eric believes the Red Devils can lift their game.
He says: “It’s just the beginning. Manchester can still be champions. Jose Mourinho is a successful manager at a successful club which this year has succesful players.
“But this is an extremely difficult championship, full of great teams and great managers like [Manchester City boss] Pep Guardiola.”
Since Alex Ferguson retired after winning the league in 2013, United have finished seventh, fourth and fifth, their only major trophy during that time being last season’s FA Cup.
The club kicked off their league campaign this season with three straight wins under Mourinho, but slumped to back-to-back defeats against City and Watford.
They are in sixth place in the English Premier League table with 12 points after seven matches.
United travel to Liverpool for a mouthwatering clash on Monday night (9pm).