MONACO -- Paul Pogba has told ESPN FC that Manchester United can win the Premier League this season, insisting that Jose Mourinho's team have no reason to be "scared" of any of their rivals.
For the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement as manager in 2013, the 20-time English champions appear capable of sustaining a prolonged title challenge this season.
But although Pogba admits that any number of teams can win the title, the £89 million midfielder believes that United are good enough to have the mentality of targeting the top spot this season.
"I'm pleased and happy that we have started really well, but it is not finished yet," Pogba told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview in Monte Carlo. "It is just the start of the season.
"The biggest challengers? We are our own rivals and we think about ourselves first. But we don't have to be scared of anyone in the league because we know we are a strong team as well. We know we can do great this season.
"I hope [we can win the title]. Every team is strong, like when Leicester won it two years ago and nobody expected it, so you don't know what's going to happen.
"We started very well, but we can end up bad and we don't want this. We want to be focused from game to game."
Pogba has scored in both victories against West Ham and Swansea after being released to play in a more attacking role following the £40m arrival of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea.
And the former Juventus man admits that Matic gives him greater licence to roam forward in the knowledge that the Serbia international will cover in midfield.
"I am mostly an offensive player and I think more about attacking," Pogba said. "But he [Matic] will be more defending.
"We can switch, but we match a lot and in those two games, I have been more forward and he has stayed back.
"That helps me more be myself. I still do the defensive part, but now I can go forward more and help the strikers. I like to be in front of the goals too.
"He helps me and I enjoy it, yes."