Manchester United will be hoping to push on and challenge the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title next season, after achieving their aim of breaking back into the top four.
Louis van Gaal has been a proven winner throughout his career but has faced one of his toughest tasks as a manager since moving to Old Trafford last summer.
He will be satisfied with the way his new look United side have performed overall during this season but he will realise that there is plenty of work to do in order to restore the Red Devils to the top of the Premier League table next year.
He has to complete the squad re-build this summer with some genuine world class players in key positions. Memphis Depay's arrival from PSV Eindhoven is welcome but more fresh faces must follow the talented Dutchman.
United’s results and performances have been very inconsistent during Van Gaal’s first campaign and they have arguably only qualified for the Champions League due to other sides’ shortcomings and their own performances against sides around them in the second half of the campaign.
United have dropped points against the majority of the teams in the bottom half and it is something which you cannot afford to do if you are to establish a genuine title charge.
After reviewing their season on Sky Sports, Jamie Redknapp believes that United are a long way off challenging for the Premier League title next season, stating that they “will not even go close” to the top of the table.
He said, “I think it has been a decent season for United, nothing more, nothing less. There are a lot more questions than answers; (Angel) Di Maria, (Robin) Van Persie, obviously (Radamel) Falcao is going to go, the goalkeeper, it’s going to be a transitional period again for United next season.
“I don’t think they are close to winning the title next year. I don’t think they will go close. When you look at the quality players, some of them, like Di Maria, have not achieved what they should have done this year. Do you carry on with him or do maybe sell him? That’s the difficulty they have.
“Van Gaal is the right manager for Manchester United but I still feel they are a long way off.”
Redknapp’s colleague Graeme Souness concurs as he believes it will be impossible for United to bring in all the new faces they require.
“United would have to have a big, big season (to win the title) and I don’t think they are capable of that,” Souness said.
“It's OK saying: ‘we need to strengthen here and we need to strengthen there’. It is all right if you can get them. The type of players Manchester United will be going for will be top players playing at top clubs. That’s the level that will improve them and they might not all be available.
“You might get one out of the four you want, two out of five perhaps but you’re not going to make all you changes in one go.”