Louis van Gaal has dealt a crushing blow to Manchester United fans, by claiming they will not win the title this season.
The Red Devils' style of play this campaign has fuelled discontent among supporters, as the club have scored just three goals in their opening four matches.
At a fan event on Wednesday night, Van Gaal said he expects his side to finish second or third, but compete in all three of their cup competitions, as per the Manchester Evening News.
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The Dutch boss will not be extending his contract beyond 2017 and that leaves him with one campaign to bring a title to Old Trafford, before his retirement.
Since their first Premier League success in 1993, the Red Devils' longest title drought has been four years, between 2003 and 2007.
Having enjoyed so much success under Sir Alex Ferguson, United fans will not like the attitude of their manager so early into the new season.
It may just be an attempt at mind games, much like Jose Mourinho during his first year back at Chelsea, but after United's start to the campaign, the manager may not be far from the truth.
Stretching back to last season, the Manchester club have won just three of their last ten Premier League games and will be hoping to address their poor form against Liverpool.
Having picked up seven points in four matches, the Old Trafford club are already five points behind Manchester rivals, City, and failure to beat the Merseyside club could spell disaster for United and their manager.