Patrice Evra insists Manchester United will win the Premier League this season.
Despite concerns over their future and form, though, Evra is convinced that United will enjoy a successful end to the season and he is adamant no other side could have coped with having nine defenders out at one time.
"I am sure we will win the league this year," he said. "Tell me another team that would have nine defenders injured like that and still only be one point away from the leaders.
"Chelsea and Arsenal do have a game in hand but no-one else could do so well. We would definitely be well ahead at the top of the table without these problems."
Given the negativity of the past few days, it was probably just as well United spent the last few days in Qatar.
"It was a chance to make sure everyone understands we must not throw the league away," Evra said. "We talked a lot about tactics and what we needed to achieve until the end of the season. It is a chance to write the story.
"A lot of people talk about Manchester United's attack but if you look back at our last three titles, the real strength is the defence.
"The performance in Barcelona two years ago was the best performance of the entire team. When we are a unit like that, it is difficult to beat Manchester United.
"People say we are not going to win the title and we have dropped too many points, but I am proud and happy where we are. I fear no-one. I only fear Manchester United."