New Manchester United vice-captain Darren Fletcher has told talkSPORT the current squad is good enough to reclaim the Premier League title despite last season’s disastrous outing.The Red Devils finish seventh last season – 22 points adrift of championship winners Manchester City – and racked up a number of unwanted records under the awful stewardship of David Moyes, who was sacked four games before the end of the campaign.Since then former Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has taken over and there is a renewed sense of optimism around Old Trafford, despite only making two summer signings in Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.Many pundits believe Manchester United can return to the top four this season, but a bullish Fletcher has claimed they do far better, with or without more signings.“The squad is good enough for me. I hear all this talk of the top four but it’s dangerous to get into that mindset of accepting the top four,” he told the Sports Bar.“It’s not something we’re thinking about. We go starting the season to win the league. We won it a couple of seasons ago by a decent margin and we’ve still got a lot of those players who did that, especially in the forward areas.“Wayne [Rooney], Robin [van Persie], Danny [Welbeck], Chicharito [are all here] and Juan Mata has come in. So we’ve got a lot of attacking players who have won the league as recently as two years ago.“I don’t see any reason why we can’t do win the league. The manager is always looking to improve the squad so I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a couple new faces by the beginning of the season, but if not I still believe we can win the league.”Moyes was always going to be under pressure after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford but Fletcher now believes they have found a manager capable of bringing back success.“It feels like we’ve got the Dutch Sir Alex Ferguson,” he added.“They’re both cut from the same cloth, they both command huge respect and demand a lot of their players. You’re under no illusions what is expected of you on and off the pitch.“It doesn’t matter if you’re a young player coming from the reserves or a so called ‘superstar’, everyone gets treated the same. If you’re not pulling your weight, he tells you straight in your face what is expected of you if you’re not doing that.“He’s been there and done it with the biggest players and the biggest clubs around the world.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Phelps said Kern County sheriff’s detectives and fire department arson investigators are still sifting through the rubbish of the vandalized Mojave High School gym. The weekend fire set in the boys’ varsity locker room triggered the gym’s sprinkler system. Phelps said a rubberized coating protected the gym floor from permanent damage. Phelps was unable to confirm whether the incident was connected to threats of gang violence that had led to the cancellation of the Nov. 4 game against Frazier Mountain of Lebec. The fire led to the cancellation of the football team’s Division XII playoff game Friday for safety reasons. Phelps said many parents have called unhappy about school Principal Jim Walsh’s decision to cancel Friday’s football game. “There’s a lot of kids that are hurting now because they just had something taken away from them that they worked really hard for, but I honestly believe something good can come out of this,” Phelps said. Gideon Rubin, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – The Mojave Unified School District superintendent is proposing stricter dress and behavior policies in response to a gang-violence scare that canceled a football game, followed by a fire set in a locker room, which canceled a second game. Superintendent Larry Phelps proposed strict enforcement of a dress code, a civility policy regarding behavior of all people including students, parents and faculty, and a zero-tolerance policy for gang affiliation. “If ever there was a time to do more, it would be now,” Phelps said. Phelps will propose the policies at the Dec. 13 school board meeting.