Cape Town - Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has slated the Premier League side and believes Liverpool and cross-town rivals Manchester City are favourites to lift the title.
The Jose Mourinho-lead side started their campaign off with a 2-1 home win over Leicester City but looked sub-par in comparison with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola's side.
Scholes, who made over 700 appearances for the Red Devils, says that United do not have the quality to compete for the Premier League crown.
"When you look at Manchester City, possibly Liverpool, I don't think they (United) have the quality of those two teams at the minute," said Scholes as quoted by Sky Sport News website.
"Liverpool have made some really good signings. United finished above them last season.
"I just don't see United getting closer to City. City are a really good side, great manager, some great players, a way of playing that they all know about.
"United seem to be not too sure what's going on. You don't really know the team, you don't really know the players, you don't know how they're going to perform from one week to the next.
"I don't see them challenging for the league this year."
United are back in action on Sunday, August 20 against Brighton at the The American Express Community Stadium.
Kick-off is at 17:00 (SA time).