Manchester United new boy Donny van de Beek has been tipped to play "a huge role" this season after a promising debut against Aston Villa.
Fans are eager to discover whether Van de Beek will make his competitive bow when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side open their Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The £40million signing from Ajax played the full 90 minutes of last weekend's pre-season friendly against Villa.
Despite United losing 1-0, Van de Beek gave what ex-United striker Dimitar Berbatov described as a "very positive" performance in midfield.
It remains to be seen how the 23-year-old will fit into the Red Devils' midfield alongside Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, with the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Scott McTominay also vying for starting places.
But Berbatov reckons Holland international Van de Beek can help United finally challenge for the title - starting with Saturday's teatime clash at Old Trafford.
"My other old team, United, are back this weekend, and I expect them to take three points against Crystal Palace on Saturday," said Berbatov in his Betfair column.
"I saw Donny Van de Beek play the friendly against Villa, and it was very positive - he will have a huge role in all the big games this year."
Berbatov, who also played for Tottenham, helped United to two Premier League titles in 2008/9 and 2010/11.
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It is now seven years since the Red Devils last won the crown, during Sir Alex Ferguson's final season in charge.
But with Solskjaer having added Van de Beek to his midfield ranks after guiding his side to a third-placed finish last season, Berbatov says the expectation will be high that they could challenge Liverpool and Manchester City this season.
"People expect a lot from [Van de Beek] and a lot from the team - they are Manchester United and it's been too long since they challenged for the title," the former Bulgaria international said.