Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is confident Sir Alex Ferguson's troops will retain their Premier League title this season.
The Red Devils are currently a point behind leaders Chelsea, although they have played a game more than Carlo Ancelotti's side.
Some have questioned United's credentials following a dip in form in league action and their surprise FA Cup exit to Leeds.
However, French ace Evra insists defensive injuries were the cause of their downfall and that they will be there or thereabouts come May.
"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."
Ferguson and his squad flew to Qatar this week for a warm weather training camp and Evra admits the players took the opportunity to talk about United's recent struggles.
"It was a chance to make sure everyone understands we must not throw the league away," he continued.
"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.
"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."