Paul Scholes has insisted he never thought Manchester United's glory days were at an end back in 2005/6.
United exited the UEFA Champions League at the group stage and failed to win the Premier League title for a third consecutive season, while Scholes was sidelined for some time with an eye problem.
Sir Alex Ferguson's men have bounced back in fine style to re-establish themselves as the dominant force in English football.
They are also hoping to defend their European crown against Barcelona next week and Scholes maintains that he was always confident of winning more medals, even when the outlook appeared bleak.
"I actually didn't realise it was four years between winning the league," said the midfielder.
"But I certainly did not think it was over during that fallow period.
"Manchester United is a major club. OK, we were probably not as close as we would have liked to have been but I never thought we would not win it again and the manager did not let us think that way either.
"At a club like this, you always think you will get it right one year. We managed to do that by beating Chelsea in 2007 and we have gone on to win it again and again."
Scholes, 34, realises that his time at the top is coming to an end and has played down Ferguson's suggestion he could play on beyond the remaining year of his contract.
"Two years?" he questioned. "Two weeks more like.
"I really don't know. I will see how I feel this time next year. I have another year left on my contract. I will look at it after that."