Midfielder Marouane Fellaini says Manchester United have no chance of winning the title this season.
He has however set his team-mates the target of qualifying for the Champions League ahead of a tilt for the top next term.
The Belgian international played a key role in helping his side secure a point against West Ham on Sunday which kept them clear of the likes of Tottenham and West Ham in the race for a top four finish.
With Spurs falling to a 3-2 defeat against Liverpool last night Fellaini & co. have a chance to move closer to their goal for the season with a win over Burnley tonight. That would move them back into the top four above Arsenal who beat Leicester last night, and move them five points clear of Liverpool once more.
Earlier on in the season Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward insisted that a third place finish was the goal, however Fellaini believes that top four must be the target in Louis van Gaal's first campaign, with the promise of greater things to come.
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'It is important because Manchester United have to play in the Champions League, and we have the quality for that,' he told Goal.
'We will see if we can win the league in 2015-16, but we have the FA Cup and Champions League qualification to aim for. Then we will see next season.'
Van Gaal splashed more than £150 million on new players over the summer in an attempt to rebuild Manchester United after David Moyes' disastrous appointment last season. Fellaini was the Scot's first major signing from Everton in a deal worth £27.5 million.
'Last season was a bad one for us,' admitted the 27-year-old. 'Both for me and everyone at Manchester United it was disappointing. 'It was worse for me because I was the first signing for David Moyes, so I received all the criticism.
'I felt bad because I've known Moyes for a long time. I know he is a great man.
Although where Manchester United finish in the league is a priority for Van Gaal - the fact of the matter is he faces a bigger challenge in getting his side to play a more attractive brand of football.
They've looked laboured at times this term - a point perfectly demonstrated by the performance against West Ham. Despite that they are well in with a chance of Champions League qualification, but in truth they are a million miles away from challenging Chelsea at the top, and no matter how much they spend there has to be a more fundamental change.