He added: "When you look at Manchester City, possibly Liverpool, I don't think they [United] have the quality of those two teams at the minute". They couldn't even sign a player from the Championship.
"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe, that I won eight championships and three Premier League's but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".
With the transfer windows across Europe yet to close, several other United players could yet depart for the duration of the season.
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Spurs failed to make an addition to their squad over the summer, meaning they will go into the new season with the same squad that finished the last one.
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"It's not just that we have to be more consistent, we have to create circumstances where we can be more consistent, he added".
That felt like a reference to Liverpool but, more importantly for United, it was also an admission that it will need a dramatic improvement this season for his own team to bridge the gap.
"I have to focus on the players I have and the next few matches". "[Sergio] Romero, [Antonio] Valencia, Marcos Rojo, [Diogo] Dalot, Ander Herrera, [Nemanja] Matic [are injured] and I think that's it".
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"It doesn't really look like the players enjoy. playing the way they do", Scholes told AFP in Hong Kong, where he was promoting 433 Token, a blockchain-based system aimed at nurturing young talent.
"I am so happy in the way they come back to training on Monday".
United are set to open the new season at home to Leicester on Friday, with it imperative that they get off to a flying start.