Dwight Yorke says Jose Mourinho has brought the fear factor back to Manchester United.
United have failed to win the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 and have finished seventh, fourth and fifth in their past three seasons.
But Yorke believes they are well set to be a dominant force again under Mourinho, who replaced Louis van Gaal in May.
The Portuguese has added Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly to his squad since his appointment, while a world record deal for Paul Pogba is imminent, and Yorke believes the squad now has the character and ability to enjoy huge success.
Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former United favourite said: “After three years without winning the Premier League, the manager has come in and recognised where they needed to strengthen.
“Teams have turned up in the last few seasons and thought they can overturn United. I don’t think that will be the case now.
“We have got presence and character within the dressing room now and we have got big personality.
“It is something United always had within their ranks but it seemed to go away for the last couple of seasons. This year, teams will look and fear Man United.”
Yorke is excited by the impending arrival of Pogba at United.
The midfielder, who left Old Trafford for just £800,000 in 2012, is returning to the club in a record £100m deal.
The transfer fee has raised eyebrows around the world, but Yorke believes it is a great signing for United and a huge statement of intent.
“What he is bringing to the team is what we have been lacking – that firepower in midfield and that presence that has so been part of United’s make up for a number of years,” he said.
“We have got someone with a bit of aggressiveness, who can score goals and can be a real threat. He is in the [Patrick] Vieira mould.
“He understands the United way as well. He has gone away from the club and is coming back a better player.
“What United are doing is sending out a clear message in terms of the status of the club, where we are and who we are, and what we represent around the world.
“That is for everybody to look up to, including the big boys in Madrid. They have been the big spenders over the years in terms of breaking the record and United have eclipsed that. That is wonderful to see.”