Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has rubbished reports that the Premier League champions are lacking desire after Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of last season.
With the change in manager, the lack of activity in the transfer window and the speculation surrounding Wayne Rooney's future, doubts are being raised of United's chances of retaining the Barclays Premier League trophy.
But captain Vidic has insisted that the 'hunger' for trophies is still as ferocious, despite the changes, as it was during Fergie's 27-year reign at the Theatre of Dreams.
Speaking to the Daily Express, Vidic said: "We are still the champions and we know the players we have here. We know what the expectations are.
"Every season you have to prove you are good enough to play for this club - and it's no different now," he added.
"This club will always have big expectations, it doesn't matter who the manager is, who the chairman is or who the plays are. It's always the same."
Vidic, winner of five Premier League titles in his time at United, is aware that of the team's tricky opening fixtures, but winning the FA Community Shield will help the squad in their build up.
United begin their season at Swansea before games against their main title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City with an away trip to Liverpool and a home game with Crystal Palace in between.
Ryan Giggs has also reiterated the team's hunger to win more silverware under Moyes.
Speaking to the club's official website, the 39-year-old said: "Winning is what this club's all about. It's always nice to win the Community Shield - it's a good start to the season.
"We can't win every year, but we want to compete and give ourselves the best chance. That's what we've done over the years. We're the champions, we know how hard it is to defend but we'll do our best."
Despite winning the league last season by margin of 11 points over their Manchester rivals, the bookmakers have listed United as third favourites to retain their crown behind Manchester City and Chelsea.
CIty have spent over £80million on improving their already talented squad by bringing in Steven Jovetic, Jesus Navas, Fernandinho and Alvaro Negredo as their boast to regain the title they lost last season.
Chelsea have been reunited with former manager Jose Mourinho and will be eager to win silverware this season. They have also added Marco van Ginkel and Andre Schurrle as Mourinho looks to regenerate life at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, 32-year-old Vidic is entering the last year of his contract at Old Trafford, but says he is not concerned that talks over a renewal has yet to begin.
“I’m not expecting anything,” he said. “I’m just trying to perform as best I can and along the way we will see where I am and what the plans are. I am not worried.
“I’ve not had a proper pre-season for a couple of years, but I’ve trained well and I have had two back-to-back 90-minute games.
“I never like to make big promises, but I believe I am fit. I feel really good and ready to go.”
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