Former Liverpool ace Robbie Fowler has tipped Manchester United to again finish outside the top four next season.
Liverpool's arch-rivals Manchester United failed to secure a European spot in next season's Champions League and Europa League by finishing in seventh.
David Moyes lost his job at the end of April due to Manchester United's poor results over the course of the season, however Fowler believes it is the lack of quality among the playing staff that needs major improvement.
The 39-year-old expects Manchester United to finish below the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool next season - even if they can appoint a manager of Louis van Gaal's experience and stature in the game.
Incoming Manchester United manager Van Gaal is likely to be handed a hefty transfer war chest in the summer as the Dutchman will have to replace the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra.
However Fowler believes Manchester United will struggle no matter who they sign.
Fowler, speaking to talkSPORT, said on Manchester United's recent plight: “I don’t believe Manchester United will finish in the top four next season.
“Every team is going to improve. It’s going to be very tough for them.”
Manchester United finished 20 points behind north-west rivals Liverpool - while eventual Premier League champions Manchester City were 22 points better off their neighbours.