Michael Carrick insists he only needs to take a quick glance around the Manchester United dressing room to remind him the Red Devils still have what it takes to challenge for all the major trophies.
United - who lost their second successive Premier League game in the 3-0 defeat to Newcastle on Monday - face local rivals Manchester City on Sunday in the FA Cup third round and are very much underdogs with the bookmakers to progress in the competition.
It is a rare experience for Sir Alex Ferguson's men - who have already crashed out of the UEFA Champions League and Carling Cup - but Carrick remains confident United will be competing for honours at the business end of the season.
"People can say what they like and fancy who they want," said the 30-year-old. "We know what we can do. We know the players we have got in the dressing room.
"We just want to be back to top form and winning the game, regardless of the situation in the League really.
There at the end
"Nothing has been handed out. No trophies have been awarded. We just want to be in there and there at the end. The cup is different. We want to produce that now."
And, of course, there is the little matter of United avenging that 6-1 home defeat to their cross-city rivals earlier in the Premier League season.
Carrick added: "It would be nice to knock them out. More importantly, it would be nice to progress."
United's last win away to City came in April 2010, thanks to a late winner from midfielder Paul Scholes.