Jesse Lingard explains why Manchester United can win the Premier League this season

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Manchester United are comfortably the most successful team in Premier League history, however they've been anything but that since Sir Alex Ferguson's final campaign, where he led them to their last league title in 2013.

Disappointment has followed the legendary Scot's retirement, with a seventh-placed finish under David Moyes before fourth and fifth-placed finishes under Louis van Gaal, with last season's FA Cup and two Community Shields the only thing to show for the past three years.

Jose Mourinho took charge at Old Trafford this summer and splashed nearly £150 million in the transfer window, yet the Red Devils find themselves in sixth, eight points behind leaders Liverpool, and they're also third in their Europa League group.


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Despite winning just one of their last five league games, youngster Jesse Lingard isn't concerned at this point and he believes that once the likes of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic get fully used to their new teammates, United will compete for the title.

After numerous loan spells away from the club, Lingard broke into the senior team last season under Van Gaal and went on to become a regular, making 40 appearances, and he's even got himself into the England squad recently.

United can challenge this season

The 23-year-old told Man Utd's official website, via Goal: "We're still getting to know each other better, to learn off each other week-in, week-out. But with the four signings we've made, I think we have a strong enough squad to win the league this season."

Lingard on Zlatan

The winger has hailed Ibrahimovic and praised the 35-year-old Swede for changing the attitude and mentality of the players at the club since his arrival.

"The mentality of wanting to win has come into my game more," Lingard explained. "Before games, my first thought was to play well but often if you get the win, the performance will come with it.

"When Zlatan came in, the first thing he said was he wants to win. Obviously that mentality rubs off on all the team."

Lingard on Pogba

Lingard and Pogba are good friends, having both been part of United's FA Youth Cup winning team back in 2011, and the Englishman believes the world's most expensive signing has both the technical ability and the charisma to help bring the club back to the summit.

After talking about Pogba's impact at youth level, Lingard said: "He went on to win trophies (at Juventus) and obviously he's looking to win more with United now he's back.

"I think he's got a range of passing and the vision to see a pass. He's strong - it's so hard to get the ball off him - and he's still developing."

On the Frenchman's sense of humour, Lingard added: "He's a joker in the changing room, always dancing and trying to make you laugh. We have a good bunch of lads, with good team spirit, and I think that can take us to the top this season."

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