Manchester United improved markedly against the Premier League's bigger teams last season from their ill-fated spell under David Moyes, who lead the club to a seventh-place finish after a dismal campaign which saw him sacked.
After what was considered an earlier start to a Premier League campaign, Louis van Gaal's managerial stint at United began with losing to Swansea City and drawing with Sunderland and Burnley.
There were strong periods throughout the season but for the most part it was inconsistent. Dropping points here and there, dealing with constant injuries and having your best players struggling with form all contributed to Van Gaal's side lacking consistency.
It destroyed United's chances of winning silverware as they exited the FA Cup, League Cup and struggled to finish in the top four. Many will argue that if it wasn't for Liverpool also struggling to piece positive runs together, the Old Trafford outfitt would not be facing the Champions League qualifiers in August.
However, Giggs insists that United can challenge with those that finished above them in the standings last season if they can add consistency to their game.
“We’ve had a pretty good start and are back in the Champions League, which is exciting," Giggs told reporters, as per Goal.
“I think we can achieve a lot as we have shown this year we are capable of matching the best teams in the league.
“Now we just have to work on our consistency, and if we get off to a good start next season we can definitely do that.”
Can Manchester United win the Premier League next season?
On the back of last season their chances are slim. They ended the season poorly after a good run beating Tottenham, Liverpool and City. That spell proved that United can be a dangerous force but if they cannot add consistency, the Red Devils are not winning the league title anytime soon.
Business in the transfer market this summer is another important step for Van Gaal in taking his United squad further. It can be improved in all departments - apart from goalkeeper - and they must up their game if a good run in the Champions League awaits.
In conclusion, it looks unlikely that United will take the Premier League crown from Chelsea next season. They could, however, put up a fight and finish a place or two higher than they did last season and secure Champions League qualification. A run in a cup is also very important as Van Gaal will need to win a piece of silverware. The club has not done so since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.