Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel is "not confident" about his old club's title chances.
"I am not confident we are going to retain the title," Schmeichel said.
"We know we will recover, though this season, with all the changes, is not going to end with the championship."
"I can accept us not winning the title as long as we are competing for it. It is quite competitive this year. If we are not there or thereabouts then I would be worried," added Schmeichel, who won five Premier League trophies with United.
"I think we will be, though, because that is what sort of a club Manchester United is."
The ex-Denmark international kept goal at Old Trafford for eight successful years after Sir Alex Ferguson signed him from Brondby in 1991 and he suggests that it will take new manager David Moyes time to challenge for honours.
But the Dane does not anticipate any major disasters this season, despite a period of change for the champions.
Speaking at a National Football Museum Hall of Fame event, Schmeichel added: "We know we are going to be there or thereabouts again. That is what we do, that is what Manchester United is all about.
"It is not something we take lightly and we know we need to work hard as that is part and parcel of being at Manchester United."