It's just three weeks since the World Cup final and Premier League football has already forced its way kicking and screaming back into our lives.
"When you look at Manchester City, possibly Liverpool, I don't think they [United] have the quality of those two teams at the minute", Scholes said.
Three injury tables take centre position in the middle of the dressing room with the players' allocated positions all set to face manager Jose Mourinho's monitor, from where the Portuguese coach will be most likely bark his instructions as he strives to gain Manchester United's first title in six seasons.
While it is hard to see the London club challenge for the Champions League places, they can certainly push for the sixth or the seventh spot this season, and fans should be looking forward to the 2018-19 campaign. It is an address, he believes, that will reflect the scale of the journey his players have made, from last season's Championship relegation favourites to automatic promotion to the top flight.
Mourinho had warned that United face difficulties if they did not sign at least one more player after spending £75million on Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant this summer.
"I actually think Liverpool will get the closest".
Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri all arrived before the end of July, with Jurgen Klopp eager to work with his full squad throughout pre-season. Though Tottenham and Arsenal will not make it easy for them, they have enough depth and quality in the squad to overcome their threat. They each came up with their own top four.
"I do not trust that new players will arrive and I'm not confident in that so now I will only focus on the players I have", he said.
"Chelsea with a new manager coming in as well - and I think they'll both be battling it out for fourth".