Cape Town - Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has written off his former club's chances of winning the Champions League title next season.
According to the Daily Star, Hargreaves has warned fans of the Red Devils to limit their expectations as Old Trafford welcomes back the biggest club competition in the world.
The Red Devils return to the competition, via the playoffs, after missing the 2014/15 edition but Hargreaves believes the side will struggle to compete next season.
"I don't think Manchester United are ready to compete for a Champions League title," Hargreaves said.
"If you look at Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona - realistically I don't think they are.
"I'm sure the fans would love to get back to those days when they were in the Champions League semi-finals virtually every year and not only winning the league, but winning it beautifully as well."
Hargreaves signed for Manchester United from Bayern Munich in July 2007 for £17 million on a four year deal.
The England international won the league and Champions League with the club in his first season but several injuries limited his match time in the remainder of his three year stay at Manchester United.
Hargreaves made just 39 appearances, 34 of them in his first season, during his time at United before his controversial move to neighbours, Manchester City.