Ex-Manchester United star Lou Macari has insisted that he simply would not be content with his former club just securing a top-four berth this season.
Former Everton manager David Moyes has endured a troubled opening to his tenure at Old Trafford, with the 50-year-old being widely lambasted for an unfortunate series of failures in the summer transfer market and for presiding over a woeful beginning to the new domestic campaign.
A difficult transition for Moyes was widely anticipated given the unprecedented success and incredible longevity of his predecessor - one Sir Alex Ferguson - but despite slightly lower expectations, many fans have been shocked by just how poor the Red Devils have been so far this season.
After suffering defeats to rivals such as Liverpool and Manchester City, Moyes' men have also come unstuck against the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Southampton - with the latter earning a credible away draw thanks to a late goal from Adam Lallana in the top-flight on Saturday.
Such poor form has already led to unwanted rumours over the Scot's immediate future, as well as speculation that United will struggle simply to make the top four this season.
Such an achievement would seemingly not satisfy Macari, however, with the retired midfielder insisting that a club of such intimidating stature have to aim for a title charge.
“I wouldn’t be happy with them just finishing in the top four. For Manchester United that is nothing at all. A club of that size has got to be in contention [for the title] right throughout the season," the 64-year-old told talkSPORT.
“Sneaking into fourth place in the last couple of months of the season isn’t good enough. I think they’ve got as good a squad as any of the rest of the teams. They’re just not playing very well at this moment in time.
“They just need something to turn their season around and get them back on track and back in contention. They’re a little bit too far behind everyone in the Premier League at this moment in time," he added.
United, who now lie eighth in the Premier League table following that disappointing draw, return to action in the Champions League on Wednesday night at home to La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.