Although Manchester United have conceded thirteen goals in seven pre-season games, Robin Van Persie believes that Manchester United can retain their Premier League title under the management of David Moyes.
The Dutchman netted both of United's goals against the Latics to win the Community Shield for the third time in four seasons, the first trophy under Moyes.
The odds are that Manchester United will compete with Chelsea and local rivals Manchester City for the Premier League title, and Van Persie feels that United will come out on top despite their relatively poor pre-season.
I feel that for United to retain their title, they must hang on to Wayne Rooney. The Englishman was strongly linked with Chelsea and has reportedly admitted his desire to leave the club, however he is yet to hand in a transfer request.
United's midfield seems to be the weak link in their squad, and David Moyes has seemingly missed out on two big name players that could definitely fill the gaps, Cesc Fabregas and former United player Cristiano Ronaldo.
Moyes has given up on Ronaldo and has turned his attention to Gareth Bale. However, the Welshman is priced even higher than Ronaldo and Tottenham wouldn't want to sell their key player to another Premier League club.
Van Persie was instrumental in United's last campaign, scoring thirty goals and winning the golden boot in the process. He is in his early thirties, however he is still a top player and will be the star in any side.
Van Persie said: "We are the Champions and based on that we are clear favourites. I believe in this team and I believe that we will compete until the end again."
Van Persie's team-mate Ryan Giggs agreed with the Dutchman, insisting: "We just know we've got good players in the team. It's always hard when you're champions, you've got to reproduce the form that you showed last year and I hope we do that."
Giggs was pleased with the performance in the Community Shield against the Latics.
"It was a very professional performance." he said.
"We were a bit disappointed in pre-season, letting a few goals in so the main objective was to get a clean sheet. We wanted to do that as a team. Work hard, get behind the ball and I think we did that.
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