Owen Hargreaves believes Manchester United are the best team in the land because the “chemistry” among the squad is without equal.
The England midfielder marked his debut season in the Barclays Premier League with a winners’ medal.
Now he is after another top momento tomorrow when Chelsea provide the opposition in the Champions League final in Moscow.
Hargreaves, who arrived in the summer from Bayern Munich, finds it a pleasure to go to work every day.
He said: “I have never been in a team with such a great group of players – not only talent-wise but personality-wise. It is very unique what we have here.
“You look at the players who are not even in the squad, the camaraderie is really special. I have learned a lot this season about people and personalities. That’s why we are in the position we are in because of this chemistry.
“The squad is in the position to achieve things again and again. That’s the goal,” added Hargreaves, who already has a winners’ medal from his time at Bayern when they became kings of Europe in 2001.
However, he decided to leave Germany last summer because he felt he was in the comfort zone.
He said: “I just thought I’d been through everything I could possibly go through in Munich.
“I had a fabulous time there. It was a real pleasure and I learned a lot. I just thought that, having won the league four times, the cup three times, the Champions League once, it was a good time to move on.
“I was at a great age and thought United was the best place for me.”
Bayern got their hands on the European Cup two years after losing out in dramatic circumstances to United.
Hargreaves, who grew up in Canada, spent part of the summer of 1999 in England, never realising Old Trafford would be his future home.
He recalled: “I remember going to my cousin’s wedding then visiting several places. We went to the Reebok Stadium and had a look around, the Trafford Centre and to the Manchester United shop.
“I bought a David Beckham key-chain. I was only 16 at the time. I did not see my future at Manchester United back then but I am very pleased to be here.”
Hargreaves expects football fans back in Calgary to be rooting for him in Russia.
“The Champions League now is a big deal everywhere and Canada is no different, ” he said.
“I hope people in Calgary take an interest and keep an eye on me as I grew up there. I was into football because my dad was into football – I also liked watching basketball.
“It was all about the Premier League then. It was only when I moved to Germany I became aware of the importance of the European Cup.”