22/06/2014 08:41,
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Fortune feeling positive

Former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune reacts to the 2014/15 fixtures release in our video above and, in the article below, gives us six reasons to relish the start of the new season...

1. The fightback starts with the very first game in August. The expectations for this club every season are to win the league and be in the Champions League. We're not in Europe this season and it's going to be strange. That should be the minimum aim: qualifying for Europe. Some people might say our start to the season is easy but the three promoted teams coming from the Championship are determined to have a good start and will give everything to make it difficult for us. I've never known an easy game at United. There's always pressure on the players to perform and you need to handle it to play here.

2. Louis van Gaal understands the Manchester United way. Everywhere he has been he has had success. I spoke to my former team-mate, Benni McCarthy, who played for him at Ajax, and he said he's very good - tactically one of the best managers he played for. It takes a lot to succeed at big clubs like Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He won't be fazed by United, even though for me this is different to any of those clubs. He's got the mentality, he'll give young players a chance and that's what this club is built on. There's a United way: attacking football, exciting football, giving young players a chance - hopefully he puts all that together and has success as quickly as possible.

3. A fit and firing Robin van Persie is an unbelievable bonus for the team. You see what he can do when he's fit and really enjoying his football with his brilliant headed goal against Spain at the World Cup. He's such an important player

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