Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning to build from the back in an attempt to catch up to his Premier League rivals.
United have had an indifferent start to the season, winning just two of their opening five matches.
They travel to West Ham today (2pm) looking to close the gap to the top.
Manchester United have not won the Premier League since 2013, and have never really come close since either.
But with the additions of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire this summer, as well as David de Gea’s contract extension, Solskjaer believes he is finding a winning formula.
“David de Gea has been unbelievable for us in the years he has been here,” Solskjaer said.
“We signed Harry Maguire in the summer, a massive signing. Victor Lindelof signed a new contract.
“Aaron Wan-Bissaka is young and up-and-coming. Luke Shaw is young. Axel Tuanzebe is young – we have something to build on there. The foundations are being built from the back.
“We know we haven’t created enough going forward but when we have David in goal sometimes 1-0 is enough for us.
Manchester City closed the gap to Liverpool to two points with an 8-0 win over Watford on Saturday.
The Reds travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea this afternoon (4.30pm) as they look to maintain their 100 per cent start.
And United boss Solskjaer knows it’s a tough gap to bridge to the top two.
The Norwegian added: ”I want to be a part of us going back to where we used to be, but of course the Premier League is now a different animal. “Manchester City and Liverpool last season were fantastic and we are in the starting phase of a new team.
“Many players have been and gone and now there is some youngsters coming in. We are one or two players light at the moment because of injuries but that’s an opportunity for the kids to play and to see if I can get the best out of them.”