Nemanja Vidic is sure Manchester United are heading back to the big time under Louis van Gaal. Vidic left United this summer having amassed 15 trophies during his eight years at the club, although his final season at Old Trafford proved to be a trophyless and joyless experience for the Serbian.
Under David Moyes' stewardship, United ended the campaign in seventh position – their worst finish in the Premier League era – but, with former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Van Gaal now at the helm, Vidic thinks things are looking up for United.
"Van Gaal has a lot of experience, he has trained a lot of teams in a lot of leagues and that shows he knows what he is doing," said the new Inter Milan centre-back, who suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat against his former employers in a friendly on Tuesday night.
"I believe he can do good work and the players think the same.
"I was in the dressing room with the players after the game and they were all positive and happy with everything that is happening at the moment. That is a good sign. I am pleased to see that.
"They are happy with what they are doing and for that reason it will not be difficult for them this year."
Vidic's departure, and that of fellow experienced defender Rio Ferdinand, has left a huge gap in the United team but, despite their previous troubles, Vidic believes Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans are primed to step up and prove their worth in the seasons ahead.
"They are really good and they are young," he said. "They are getting better and better every year.
"In the next two years they will be I think some of the best defenders in the league. I think they will prove that this season and I wish them all the best."