A new manager, new signings and a comfortable 3-1 away victory on the opening day of the season have been enough for most Manchester United supporters to be feeling confident about the upcoming campaign.
Following three seasons of disappointment and frustration, it looks like the glory days are on their way back to Old Trafford with Jose Mourinho at the helm.
Most pre-season predictions had Mourinho's United as a top four certainty, while a minority would have even judged them as possible title winners.
However, one former player has cast doubt on the Red Devils' hopes of qualifying for the Champions League with the current squad, even though they have already spent over £150 million on new players.
Paul Parker, speaking exclusively to 888Sport, has revealed that the arrivals of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba have not been enough to sufficiently improve the team.
Louis van Gaal's side only missed out on a top-four spot on goal difference last season but Parker fears United's closest rivals will all be much stronger this time around.
“They still need a centre-forward and a centre-half and another midfield player. Manchester United aren’t finished yet; they can’t be because that present squad just isn’t going to win the league and Mourinho is all about winning the league.”
“Would you say United can even finish top four after what we saw in the Bournemouth game? I’d have to say not really. Liverpool look good and Arsenal will improve. Tottenham and Chelsea are hard to break down and will be in there.
"So United have some work to do between now and the end of August to bring in at least three players to guarantee a Champions League spot and maybe win the league.
Parker's comments will undoubtedly be perceived as being quite negative and three more signings before the transfer window closes in September is extremely unlikely.
The former full-back, who played for United between 1991-96, has also criticised the lavish spending by Mourinho and is not a fan of the club's current transfer approach.
He added: “It’s not about signing big players. It’s about finding them like Pochettino does and Koeman does. Look at all those players they have signed who aren’t big players but can do a job. Look at Dier at Tottenham or Wanyama when he went to Southampton.
"You don’t have to spend a load of money. Chelsea have spent thirty million on Kante. A year ago he was playing in the French second division. It’s finding someone who is hungry and willing to do those jobs. That’s what Manchester United are missing out on every time.”
Mourinho and Co. will be hoping they can take another small step to proving Parker wrong with another win over Southampton on Friday night.
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