The bookies have priced Manchester United at evens to finish 5th or lower next season - are they correct?
Manchester United, according to reports, are set for one of the biggest summers the historic club has ever had. The talk of Louis van Gaal becoming Manchester United boss after the World Cup is rife, as is talk of signing world-class players such as Kroos, Fabregas, Muller and Cavani.
Nevertheless, Stan James have predicted a finish of 5th or lower is more likely for the club than any position within the top four, a scenario that many United supporters will be quick to refute and, in my opinion, are right to do so.
Although United maybe coming off their worst season in Premier League history and they may have a 'hangover' from this season, I would be surprised to see them miss out on Champions League regardless of who they sign.
They have a large number of talented young players that are likely to improve over the summer through personal growth and they have a number of world-class players already within the squad. A situation similar to Liverpool at the same time last season and this is before they make their reported signings.
It will also be a season without the burden of the extra Champions League games, therefore allowing the club and management, whoever that may be, more time to concentrate on the League side of things. Which may mean United will be less likely to under-prepare for their league games, reducing the risk of slip-ups.
However, few can argue that next season will be new ground for Manchester United.
The multi-title winning club have often been portrayed as the favourites for the Premier League title, even before this season the bookies had them roughly with the same odds as Chelsea and Manchester City, so going into a season where they aren't even predicted a top four finish will be new ground.
It will at least provide the chance for Manchester United players to prove the doubters wrong, which will take character, and obtain a top four finish and beyond.